What we learned today...
In the weeks leading up to today’s Inauguration Ceremonies, we set many ambitious goals regarding how we would document this historic event.
We knew that communication between Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, and Washington DC would be difficult, if not impossible. We knew that our reporters, anchors, videographers, and bloggers were attempting something that is typically only done by a network news team, not a group of high school students. We knew that large portions of our plan relied on communication tools that would be highly strained because of the volumes of people who wanted to see and hear the moment when Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States.
That is what we knew. We fully understood and accepted every challenge, weakness, and pitfall.
What we learned; however, makes the time and effort of the last few months so completely worthwhile.
We learned that a high school student can speak with the confidence and competence of a professional reporter.
We learned that our youth, who are so often accused of apathy, are engaged, passionate citizens, driven by a sincere desire to make our world a place we all can be proud of.
We discovered that we teachers can learn far more from our students than we could teach them.
Most importantly, we learned that the process of collaboration between students and teachers is far richer than any end-product we may have originally intended.
On this historic day, we celebrate our students, and the future that they will build. After observing and working with them so closely for the last few weeks, I know that the world we will entrust to them is in very, very good hands.