Youths show us what they believe about school

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About Through Students’ Eyes

THE PROJECT QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of school?
What helps you succeed in school?
What gets in the way of your school success?


THE PROJECT SCHOOLS

Lincoln-West High School, Cleveland, OH

Rhodes High School, Cleveland, OH

Euclid High School, Euclid, OH

Noble Elementary, Cleveland Heights, OH

Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA

The Howard Gardner School, Fairfax, VA

Metz Middle School, Manassas, VA

Wiley Middle School, Cleveland Heights, OH

The Child Rescue Center, Bo, Sierra Leone

Amesbury High School, Amesbury, MA

Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, VA

Hughes Middle School, Reston, VA

Woodlawn Elementary School, Alexandria, VA

Youth for Tomorrow, Bristow, VA

Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP) Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty (FOKAL) Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Acacia School, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs, Port-au-Prince, Haiti



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What do students think are the purposes of school? In addition to the traditional reasons they cite (e.g., because they’re required to attend), why do youth go to--and stay in--school? Even more importantly, what do they believe helps them to succeed in school and what gets in the way of this success?


Founded in 2004, the “Through Students’ Eyes” (TSE) project has worked with high school and middle school youth to address these questions through photographs and written reflections. TSE was begun by veteran teachers, activists, photographers, and teacher educators in response to the consistently high dropout rates common in most urban centers in the United States.


Using “photovoice” and visual sociology methods, TSE researches and documents youths’ and community members’ perspectives on school—our nation’s most important and unifying institution. The project has collaborated with nearly 400 students worldwide, displayed their work at numerous regional and national exhibitions, published articles and catalogues of youths’ images and reflections, and contributed to the dialogue about US schools and their abilities to serve their most diverse and disenfranchised constituents.


The project is seeking to expand to other locations in the United States and around the world. Please use the Join page to express your interest.


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