Student Feedback: Are We Doing Enough?

Here is an interesting article on allowing students the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback on the public education system:

Student Feedback: A Missing Link in Education Reform

The author, Valerie Threlfall, asks, “Why aren’t we asking students themselves how to make our schools work better? What about the experts or “consumers” on the other side of the textbook? Is it ridiculous to think that student feedback could actually play a significant role in shaping education reform?”

Our Superintendent and Sunshine Coast Board of Education have come up with innovative ways to get feedback from students, and many districts have different approaches to engaging students, but gathering (and, more importantly, using) feedback from students is definitely not standard practise in public education.

The author’s organization, Youth Truth “gathers student perceptions across five major themes, including:

  • Relationships with teachers: whether students feel that they are personally and academically supported by their teachers.
  • School cultures and attitudes: the degree to which students experience a fair and respectful culture.
  • Future goals and aspirations: students’ goals and the activities they engage in to support these goals.
  • Life outside of high school: how barriers outside of school impact students’ school work and future plans.
  • Rigor of classes and instruction: the degree to which students feel challenged to work hard, think critically and believe their teachers understand the subjects they are teaching.”

Do you think student feedback should be utilized in making public education decisions?





Filed under Sunshine Coast Board of Education

2 responses to “Student Feedback: Are We Doing Enough?

  1. Yes.

    It is all about customer satisfaction and the student is the customer. Boards and those in power do the simple thing when it comes to getting feedback and I think the reason why that is is because it has been so easy to have a system in place that need not change much to meet the needs of this generation.

  2. Jason Scott

    Good to have you back Bob.
    I agree that the students are the consumers of what we’re putting out and their input should be taken seriously.
    I’m not clear on your second point, though.

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