Adults monopolizing conversations about youth

May 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm
filed under Collaboration, Professional Development

We keep youth off to the side while the adults talk and talk about how to improve the world. To youth, it is a lot of talk and little change. It’s ironic and sad that youth, with the biggest stake in the future, are so often seen and not heard. Think of all the areas where adults are monopolizing a conversation in which youth have the largest stake.

I just read this on Huff Post Impact Canada, in an article coauthored by Angela Maiers and Saul Kaplan.

That last sentence is key.

Think of all the areas where adults are monopolizing a conversation in which youth have the largest stake.

I think of this from the perspective of adult education, where the ‘adults’ (teachers and professionals) monopolize the conversations about youth (and some not youth – adult education students in Quebec range from 16 to whatever).

How wonderful it could be to involve students in professional development. In evaluation design. In program and instructional design.

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