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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-)
Press: WIRED / ARGN - Current - NCME1 - NCME2 - Center for the Future of Museums - StoryForward - AIR -Games for Change - MPR - Sparknotes
As one who 40+ years ago dropped out of high school (twice) because it was interfering with my learning, and who talked about how to make dropping out of school work for you at the recent 140edu conference, I would highly recommend not trying to “fix” education. For one thing, education (and by that I mean and think you mean, schooling) is not ‘broken.’ It does precisely what it is planned to do: maintain the economic positions of the social classes and ensure that there is a steady supply of people to do low-level jobs. What is essential is that students who realize this and do not accept it walk away from the system, as the Zed Omegas are doing. If enough people walk away successfully and point out the other pathways to education, the system will either change or collapse of its own inability to adapt to changing individual and societal needs.
(later) Attempting to fix the system will prove impossible and ultimately frustrating. Instead, use your skills and knowledge to encourage others to take the paths I took and you are taking.
…check out what Shauna Edson has to say about unschooling, from her person experience. It can be done!
Badger Merritt to Alan Greye, EZO: The Story So Far
First-hand account from a teen unschooler (on Tumblr). Kick-off posts include “Why I Chose to Unschool” and “How Do I Convince My Parents to Let me Unschool?” Also gives props to The Teenage Liberation Handbook.