A Couple Choices

This is a direct quote from a student today. And it shows the magnitude of the struggles so many of our youth face. They think jail is their best option. 

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This is part of why I am so passionate, and at times angry about how hard it can be to help people pursue their passions and own those big dreams!

In school, for me, from kindergarten to today I loved learning.  But, always hated the system. I understand why the systems and structures exist.  But as early as the first grade it made zero sense to me. 

Yet, I was blessed with emotional control and the ability to play the game, and so I was never kicked out permanently.

In grade 12, all through my undergrad, it was the same. Long before online learning was a thing I still never went to class. I played sports, worked out, hung out with friends, made stuff, played video games, and listened to music. 

Yet again, I was blessed with the ability to play the game, and so I thrived by their standards. Tests were easy, they were black and white, binary, with straightforward answers. And, the teachers or professors certainly did not have unique ownership over the answers. 

I could learn any way I wanted, and go write the test, and voila, 96, 87, 92, whatever… 

But, so many children and youth don’t have this ability to survive the system, and that’s a big part of “my why”.  How do we help way more people feel like they have way more options?

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