Are Baltimore schools starting to pay attention to student
leadership and ideas?
It may be too early to tell. It is one thing to ask students to speak up.
It is another to listen.
But if the student leadership conference at Johns Hopkins University is any indication, students at Baltimore schools are willing to take on a larger role in changing their schools and their world.
Schools have traditionally been run as a top down dictatorship with students sharing the last rung of powerlessness with their parents.
So this invitation for students to express their voice and solve problems at their schools is encouraging.
Is it possible that this period of deep political and social conflict is the perfect moment to build leaders who actually solve problems?