Ed Zed Omega - Reimagining Education

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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"You have to connect with your teachers. If you don’t care about your teachers, they can’t care about you back."

This message left at the Zed Omega Hotline – 612-756-ZEDS (9337) – by someone tracing out their high school path among the islands on our School Map. Call and tell us your school story!

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"Students are not really thinking about the future… they’re thinking more of day-to-day things – maybe where they’re going to sleep at night, what they’re gonna eat, if they’re gonna have food after school. Those things are more important, and what the future will be, so…"

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"…it’s the same thing with my charter high school, I think they really need to make a lot of changes… it’s good that we’re culturally focused – we’re a Latino-based school and so we can emphasize culture a little bit more. But still, there’s a lot of students who are not feeling it, and students who have dropped out, students who don’t attend class regularly. We just need to be more collaborative, we need to really make it a community effort and we gotta be willing to change every day and listen to the young people and have them really lead, lead classes, lead the school…"

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"…and so I was alone, and so I didn’t have anyone to turn to, and so for a while  I became very depressed and really stressed out, and kinda wanted to ignore it, and so I thought about dropping out…"

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"Okay, I am standing in front of "family stress" – and that has played a major role in my life with school…"

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'I am standing on “my high school” and I'm standing on “loved it.” I actually had a very rewarding high school experience – I wouldn't say it was academically so, I would say it was my friends…'

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"Having financial and family support while I was in college was just a huge, huge, bit that helped me out in life." 

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"I was very active because my mind is always going a hundred miles an hour so I need something to stimulate me, I guess. So how I am approaching this is working with youth now – I am trying to find a way it’s to stimulate their minds so that they can get out of the rut that they’re in…"

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"She’s passionate, she does have dreams and aspirations and hope, she would love to play basketball, finish high school, go to college and get a job. But the person she’s in a relationship has different plans."

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"I think the biggest thing was how the structure of the school was programmed… I’d definitely see specific race and class groups in it. There just was nothing really done to diversify or even mix it up a little…"

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"But I resolved just do something with my life instead of let it get me down, and I went to school graduated with two bachelors degrees…"

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"Hello, young dropouts. I’ll just walk around this little map here, and I see this square here that says ‘my 21st century job’…  I went to college, and it was supposed to be so that I could live a better life and now I have a hundred thousand dollars of student loan debt and I also have no idea what people mean when they say ’21st century job,’ because in reality we’re living in a really changing world with a really changing economy where we’re not going to have access to cheap resources, cheap oil like that. So, my former schooling really left me unprepared to survive in the twenty-first century. And I imagine probably the same for you. I think we should ask people highly critical questions when they talk about preparing us for 21st century jobs… how those jobs are created and what function those jobs play in our lives, because – you know what I mean? The jobs my family’s had in the 20th century weren’t doing that great for us."

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