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This public media "authentic fiction" sought to crowdsource perspectives about education today. The Zed Omega teens, played by actors, "dropped out loud" from high school -- catalyzing open discussion about the structures and purpose of traditional education and its alternatives. The arc of each Zed Omega character was unscripted: they responded to ideas that people presented. The collaborative thought experiment and "interactive documentary" was live on social media during fall semester 2012. (-Learn more-) (-Credits-) (-Facebook-) (-Twitter-)
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Well, it’s my last video. It’s been such a crazy ride! Thanks so much to everybody to helped us out. Can’t believe it’s over!
I’m gonna miss you guys…
So here it is. My final decision about school and how I want to proceed with my education. It was a hard decision to make. It’s a sad truth that choosing a less popular road when it comes to achieving your diploma can be so extremely difficult. I’m happy with the decision I made. Now we’ll see how it all works out! Having all the knowledge that I’ve gained from this independent study project really helps me to feel unafraid about changing my mind if something doesn’t work out. I know there are SO SO many options out there for me. I’m excited about what comes next!
I want to commend the tumblr editors. Since I mentioned the lack of students in the #education tag- there has been an incredible upsweep of student involvement… MORE
We reblogged fluorescentink’s eloquent video earlier – it’s here.
Tour was great and I was really sad to leave! I do have to say, though, even though it was fun and I got to see some great places, it’s HARD WORK! It’s not all just one big vacation! All the travel can really get to you and a lot of the times you go to these fantastic places, the only places you…
I wanted to respond to Nicki
Just because I dropped out of public school doesn’t mean I don’t still want a diploma. I know that I for sure want a high school diploma (some of my EZO friends I know also want a COLLEGE diploma).
This is feedback I’ve been getting a lot. People think that I just don’t want to continue my education at all and that’s just completely untrue. All I know is that the public school system just isn’t working for me. Throughout this whole process I’ve learned about other ways of getting my highschool diploma that suit my educational needs more than public school does.
I know that it’s important to have a highschool diploma. It’s also important (in certain cases) to have a college diploma (even though I’m still not sure that I really care about THAT). What I’ve been trying to do is find different ways of getting this certificate where I feel like I’m actually enjoying it rather than just racing to the “finish line” without caring what I actually LEARN.
Do you understand? Do you have any ideas about how I might gain the knowledge needed to graduate without having to put up with mind-numbing public school?
Clare responds: hey thanks! that’s great that you’re actively seeking out other methods of getting your education. Unschooling looks like a great option, doesn’t it?? And that’s awesome that you KNOW you want to graduate from college because that will help motivate you to REALLY learn the stuff you need to to get there!! As of right now I really have to say I don’t have any tips…I’m in the same boat as you are!! I’ve been thinking about unschooling and although I’ve gotten great advice from people around me, I am unsure about all the specifics…The best thing I could tell you is to find a community of people (maybe check out my friend Nora’s FB or Tumblr—you can find the links on the edzedomega.org website) that are or have been unschoolers/homeschoolers and ask them for advice. The biggest thing I think is to stay motivated. Remember your long-term goals (graduating from college) and KEEP AT IT! Even when it gets tough. Thanks for checking out my blog! Good luck!!
Just arrived in FLORIDA!! I can’t believe my life right now! Getting to travel the country and do what I love! No show until tomorrow so I’m going to try to soak in as much of this beautiful weather as I can! I’m sad We are only here for one day! and sad i have to come home on Sunday :-( I’m having a blast!
whoa whoa whoa hey guys it’s been a while! I’m sorry i’ve been sort of absent from the online world but I’ve just been so busy with rehearsals/preparing to go on the road!! We had our first preview performance last night and it went REALLY well! it was so thrilling to get up in front of an audience and have them all just roaring with laughter and enjoying every bit of the show we’ve all worked so hard on! Here’s a pic of me in one of my costumes for the show (my character has to play Mary in her sunday school christmas program—so that’s why I’m wearing the blue sheet!—do you like my BLONDE WIG?? haha) Now that the show is finally getting settled and the craziness of rehearsals are finally winding down, I PROMISE to post more about all my experiences!! Hope you’re all doing well!
She’s livin’ th’ dream! – Alan
“I’m sitting on the island of money. I’m having issues with this island because I’ve never have to have a job in my life before and I’ve been sort of searching for one, but it’s hard for me to find something that I really like to do.”
Only a day or so later, she got an opportunity to travel with an acting company as an understudy! Go Clare!
OMGOMGOMG I got the most amazing opportunity!! what a whirlwind!
I start rehearsals tomorrow for…(drumroll please)…a PROFESSIONAL TOURING SHOW!! (I get to fill in for this girl who is the ACTUAL professional until she comes back from another show she’s doing in another part of the country)