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Student Voice: The Power of Empathy and Compassion

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Student Voice: The Power of Empathy and Compassion

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Jun 11, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Student voice is an incredibly important value in my life. Not only is it beneficial to myself, but it is also beneficial to the world around me. Oftentimes people tend to be unheard or their thoughts trivialized- whether they’re a student, a worker, or a child. Students not having a voice seems to be incredibly prevalent in today’s society. People assume that I am too young or too inexperienced to know what’s good for me or for others. If you speak to others my age, you realize that this is a common hardship we all share.

Having a voice is important because we’re people too. We all endure our own trials and hardships, and we all have different experiences in life. I think not being heard is invalidating and unfair. The words you and I say may be different, but they carry the same weight as yours.

That said, I do currently have a voice in my life and education. I used to attend the public school in my town for years, until I finally realized that it wasn’t working for me. I made the decision to attend an accredited online high school and it’s one of the most important decisions I have ever made. I’m so grateful I’m able to have a voice in the subject of education. I’m not sure how much longer I could handle being forced to be in a place from 8 AM to 3 PM every single day and learning what the curriculum tells me I should. I’m now able to choose my classes and hours that I work, and this has helped me realize that what works for one person may not work for me.

Having a voice has helped me so much in life, and I’m confident that it would help others too if we could practice acceptance towards others, regardless of social standing, wealth, or race.