Welcome to Education Unimagined, where current and former students share how they imagine education and schools could be regarding student leadership! It’s time for a change in education, we need to empower our youth with both education and leadership so that they can take up the mantle of our future. What are we doing to empower students who want to make a difference? When we say an educator’s job is to inspire the future generation, we should take this seriously. So why not start imagining what could be, and that starts with listening to the voices of students? How about a particular school where all students are encouraged and supported in leadership roles that are relevant to their personal interests? In many ways, schools can be devoted exclusively to student aspirations while Education Unimagined is an opportunity to give students a voice, in a system where often their voices are unheard. We ask them to share their experiences and offer advice on how we can do better for all.
Wednesday Jan 04, 2023
Wednesday Jan 04, 2023
Meet Abigail, a podcast host and co-host, a voice actress, and a wife. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband and three dogs. She hosts the Manic Pixie Weirdo, a podcast where we talk about relationships a place where everybody can come and be free to explore the world. She is also the Co-host of Best Idea in the Room.
In this episode of Education Unimagined we're going to be talking about Abigail’s leadership skills and how she developed them. We're going to be discussing some unconventional paths after high school, opportunities to explore different things, taking initiative in schools, and opportunities to explore. We're also going to be talking about curiosity, projects and group work, and the anxiety that comes when we engage in a group. Finally, we'll be discussing acceptance and forgiveness.
In my interview with Abigail, we talk about her leadership skills: love of learning, curiosity, love, fairness, and kindness, and her path of education which was an unconventional path after high school. She has gone to community college and is not finished as she is trying hard to not graduate with any debt, she only takes classes when she can afford to take them. It has given her opportunities to explore different things.
We talked about how taking initiative in schools is difficult. How she found herself to be often bored, and why don't we give students the opportunity to explore the things that they're curious about or the things that they're interested in, Why we're so driven to take the conventional path once we graduate high school?
I ask her about the need to reframe questions we ask in the classroom and wait time, we talk about projects and group work. She shares her experiences with the science fair. She gives advice on how teachers can support students with group work anxiety.
I ask her to give advice to her younger self. From her advice, we talk about acceptance and forgiveness.