I have heard teachers give it up after a single attempt, saying, ‘Children cannot behave responsibly,’ then remove all further opportunity for students to practice and grow in their responsible behavior. I have also heard teachers say, ‘Children cannot think for themselves,’ and proceed thereafter to do children’s thinking for them. But these same teachers would never say, ‘These children cannot read by themselves,’ and thereafter remove any opportunity for them to learn to read.
– Selma Wassermann, as quoted by Alfie Kohn (1996)
“We must recognize that students’ ideas and experiences, as varied and complex as those of adults, require a thorough and rigorous analysis that respects but does not romanticize students and student voices.”
– Beth Rubin and Elena Silva (2003)
“Partnering with students to identify school problems and possible solutions reminds teachers and administrators that students possess unique knowledge and perspectives about their schools that adults cannot fully replicate. Students can raise tough issues that administrators and teachers might not highlight—including examining structural and cultural injustices within schools rather than blaming failing students for not succeeding in schools.”
– Dana Mitra, as quoted in Savrock, 2014