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Young people are the key to education reform,0,3996471.story

The film "Waiting for Superman" portrays students as victims of the public education system. I disagree with this message because I believe I am not a victim but a youth leader who is working with other youth to make a positive change in our school system.

As youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and Logan Square Neighborhood Association, my vision is for every student to be able to get a high-quality education at his or her neighborhood public school. That means creating a system that creates supportive relationships among students and school staff, building an environment where all students feel safe to participate and making sure all students take challenging classes that prepare them for college and careers.

"Waiting for Superman" sends the message that a few adults have all the answers to the problems that young people face in our schools. This approach of adults making the decisions of our school system has been happening forever, yet here in Chicago we still lose 50 percent of our students into the statistics of the dropout rate. Young people are the ones facing the problems; who knows better than we do what resources we need to improve our education system?

"Waiting for Superman" misses the opportunity to show how young people are the key to education reform. Young people are capable of doing much more than just waiting for the lottery number that matches their ticket.

Keywords: VOYCE, Waiting for Superman

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