Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman wrote in 1957 that total institutions—like prisons—have 4 defining features, a theory that could be easily applied to our current education system. So how do we make learning cool again?
Merrit Jones is a senior at River Bluff High School. She became involved in combatting education inequity after noticing disparities among South Carolina schools and the lack of students in the conversation on how to improve them. She joined the National Youth Leadership Council as a Lead Activist for the #Youth4Ed campaign July of 2015 and began her work to address inequity through student voice. This realization led her to start Student Space, a nonprofit organization that aims to amplify student voice in decision-making on all levels from the classroom to the state house. StuSpace partnered with Student Voice a national nonprofit to tour rural schools in order to host roundtables with students and have them think critically about education. This tour inspired her talk. Merrit is excited to be a part of the student movement across South Carolina, the U.S. and globe.
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