Vi Leah’s “Just Think About It” Facebook Post

Copied from Vi Leah’s timeline in response to a Camp Oak Hallows Facebook page post:

In light of all of the awful things surfacing about the reality of public schools, such as underfunding, lack of opportunity, abuse by teachers*, and the shocking number of dangers students face, maybe it’s time we consider why people like Betsy DeVos are seeking to even further break the public education system. The student life inside general education campuses is so draining that there really isn’t much to show for it.

People like our Sec of Ed Betsy don’t think public schools are worth anything. It is only on this statement that Betsy and I agree. She would have us tear them all down and be replaced by charger, magnet, and private schools. I say, let’s just change the way we’re using our space and time.

Camp Oak Hallows is my life goal. Im not doing this because I think education should be privatized, or that charter schools are better than public schools. I’m doing this because I am aiming to show that the kids are worth it. That the education system as we know it is not the result of lazy youth, but that youth perceived as lazy are the result of broken schools. I’m aiming to create an accessible, affordable, sustainable, and effective place of education to prove that there are very easy ways that general education can be made better. We already have the tools. I’m not inventing anything. I am setting an example.

Kids can be geniuses. But a genius in an empty classroom suffering through routine assignments because teachers are having to pocket fund the writing materials and don’t have the energy to also invent three new ways to teach a topic, isn’t going to have much in the way of award-winning discoveries until they’re able to fund their own learning as an adult.

Yeah. Screw that. Maybe no one else is as passionate about this as I am. Maybe it seems stupid that I’m not even a high school grad yet, but I’m out here researching areas with low light pollution, and looking for grants, and asking for sponsors. Maybe it’s so ingrained in us that kids aren’t productive that the things I’m saying aren’t even registering as valid or valuable. Maybe I’m biased, because I’ve seen first hand what it looks like when brilliant minds are faced with busy work, and they’re failing classes and sleeping in the library because they’re just so bored, they are indistinguishable from “delinquents.”

Maybe I’m a delinquent.

Who knows.

It doesn’t even matter if I am, because if no one else is going to take in these kids and show them that they have so much more to offer than just grades, I’m going to do what I have to do. I’d like to do it with the people I trust and care about. I’d like to think that when I was told I could be anything, I was being supported, not just informed.

Just think about it, will ya?

The original post:

No matter who you are, or how old your kids are, if you have any, or where you’re from, what you believe, or what you have experienced, if you believe that children and young people deserve more than what public school today has to offer, consider making a supporting donation to or investing in Camp Oak Hallows.

As a non-governmental alternative to education, Camp Oak Hallows is striving to be the better option for Texas gradeschoolers. Desks and lecture halls are not the only places kids learn, but often, it’s all they are given. Outdoor settings, hands-on experiences, more diverse classes including practical skills (such as cooking, changing tires, or how to use a checkbook,) make learning with Camp Oak Hallows different than your average alternative school. If you’ve ever thought, “Wow, kids these days…” then you should think about supporting projects that aim to change the tune when it comes to youth. Public school isn’t cutting it.

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