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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…
I’m going to miss all of you and the Zed Omegas so much! Thank you, everyone. And stay excellent!
Well this is my last post. It’s been great learning and growing with all of you. Thank you for staying in tune. - Nicole
Edwina says: My top ten –
This post inspired me to pursue the idea of “unschooling”, making me realize there are infinitely more options to get an education.
I LOVED this post!! It made me so happy that someone else supported our/my decision to drop out, and that there IS life beyond being called a “drop out”.
This post was slightly frustrating at first, however I realized that it frustrated me because it was a combination of support, but also a kick in the pants as well. We dropped out yes, but now we need to make plans!
This post was small, but inspiring. I appreciate the message.
I REALLY related to this post, mostly because I am older than most of the Ed Zeds, and I am nowhere near the same person I was when I was eighteen. I have different ideas, goals, and different sense of reality.
This video is FANTASTIC!! Really supports the idea of independence, learning throughout your lifetime, and the idea of the FREEDOM to learn what we want.
Yes, who did decide that?
Another one of those small posts, but something that both made me laugh and made me say, ABSOLUTELY!
This post I loved because it was after our first event at the Walker, and they left a message at a corner of the map that I felt was an important aspect of high school that people remember, usually in a negative way.
I definitely could continue on with more of my favorites, this one was a reflection of a drop out of college, also a visitor of our map :-)
A truth about school on a whiteboard at the Walker Art Center, during the Zed Omega “School Map” event in October. Edwina says, “It’s so sad!”
“School…. is an extremely expensive way of showing to the business world that you know how to get (stuff) on with a smile on your face. $35,000 and counting”
At our Walker event, a teacher left a message* about how he loved high school and how great all the things he did were like sports and clubs and stuff. But then Jeremy asked him about his job and he got into it about how he wasn’t not so sure his students’ experience is all that great, like it was for him. HUH. INTERESTING.
* 612-756-ZEDS (9337). Ahem, what are you waiting for.
(I posted this a while ago – Ed)
How you feel when suddenly everything becomes too much.
Having to make all these decisions about my future, having to be certain about the decision that I am making without any support from my family, and throwing myself into the real world with no one to catch me. Just me… More -> Edwina
SOOO I decided to make a quick post here instead of posting on my blog since I’m running around like a crazy person today!
BUT…DA DA DA DA! I have finally decided that I want to pursue higher education. I really want to study social work, and eventually be able to become a counselor for high school students. Students like myself, and the rest of the Zed Omegas.
After everything that Mary Johnson and this experience has done for me, I would love to be able to pursue helping future students that I know will have the same issues with education and just need someone to tell them that they’re not drains on society, and they’re not ruining their lives. They simply wish to pursue a different path in life.
So I’m looking online for local schools, checking in on what requirements I still need, and seeing how soon I can get the ball rolling! ANY SUGGESTIONS would be greatly appreciated, until then, as always, stay excellent!
What We Did at the Walker Art Center
Okay so you’re probably wondering by now, “What’s the deal with those voice mails at EdZedOmega.org?” and, “What are the Zed Omegas talking about when they talk about the “map thing” that they did at the Walker Art Center…?
Well here’s a little explanation.
And even though you may not be able to come stand on our map with us, you CAN call the number and tell us where you stand on the subject of high school. (Did you have love it? Did you hate it? Both? Neither?) WHAT’S YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STORY?
…and leave us a message!
Oh, to live on
with the barkers and the colored balloons
You can’t be twenty
on Sugar Mountain
though you think you’re leaving there too soon
You’re leaving there too soon…
Now you say you’re leavin’ home
‘Cause you want to be alone.
Ain’t it funny how you feel
When you’re findin’ out it’s real?
I began explaining how I felt restless and unhappy, coming from a large family left me feeling pressured to do well, etc. And immediately we bonded over our mutual frustration with the institution of public education. He reiterated several times how intelligent I seemed, and how I had the tools to go absolutely anywhere in life, and how school really is about paying your dues…
Edwina blogs about the Zed Omega’s map project at the Walker Art Center.