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Help write, "A Message to Teens"
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Help write, "A Message to Teens"

Xcriteria and I are working on content for the Catalyst Learning Network site (as you can see now, it is bare-bones) We're hoping for a launch within a week or so.

I'm having some difficulty writing the "message to teens," the page where we directly speak to young people who want to leave school, introduce them to the concept of Catalyst, and help them decide how to move forward.

What I realize I need is perspective.

So if you wanted to address other people who were having trouble or struggling in school, what would you say?

Anything goes. Give it a shot in this thread.

Dialogue On Education ... where students and adults meet to hash out issues related to school.
03-25-2015 04:08 AM
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More background...assume people access Catalyst because they are looking for a way out of school. They want to see if there is any way they can satisfy their parents' expectations and still get out of the toxic school environment. What do you want them to know about the journey ahead?

Catalyst is/will be a "self-directed learning community." What do you think they need to know about pursuing their own interests and what they enjoy?

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RE: Help write, "A Message to Teens"

You need to stand out, but you also need credibility. Here's a fun idea: telephone a selection of major colleges and describe to them, unembellished, a theoretical Catalyst student. Ask them whether they would accept the application of said student, and, if they are permitted to venture a guess, how that application would fare. Compile a written record of each call you make and display them prominently on the site, placing in boldface affirmative quotes from the discussions. Encourage college-aspiring teens and their parents to replicate the calls if they remain skeptical.

Though I do think it would improve your ethos tenfold if large universities responded well to this question, my motive in suggesting it is partly selfish. I read of a similar experiment conducted by Grace Llewellyn, author of the Teenage Liberation Handbook, and I would elate to see its results corroborated by someone less remote.

If you decide to realize this, do keep me posted. I am very eager to hear of your findings, positive or negative.
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RE: Help write, "A Message to Teens"

That's really interesting and worthwhile..... But I am wondering...what would YOUR message to students be?

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Dear Students,
Don't you love the smooth rich crisp feeling of camel's cigarette?

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aaagh!

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Please take a look at this document and tell me what you think!

http://t.co/yJHiuHBTQM

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Dear Students
School is a toxic environment for us and if you hate it leave it and start homeschooling
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