Student Voices Make an Impact on Education

By Lauren Pantleo

The Periscope (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)

For many years, teenagers feel like their voices aren’t respected, in school especially. Students feel like others will judge them if they answer the question incorrectly, or if they answer at all. Once a student is embarrassed by another, they are most likely not to speak up again. According to, “[Students] like to participate in [a] discussion where they feel their opinions are respected and there’s room for disagreement.”

Of course, it can be hard to get up in front of the class and say a speech, but that doesn’t mean what you’re saying is not important. In fact, what you’re saying may shine light on something new. When a student participates in class discussions, it leads to a higher education. According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, “Students had to [participate in discussion] if they were to become better educated.”

If students were more compelled to say what is on their mind, everyone would benefit. Yes, speaking up in class can be intimidating, but I think that there is more to gain than there is to lose. The more you talk in class allows you to become better with words. Also, speaking up in class allows you to be more engaged. After all, who wants to be bored in class?

Speaking out in class is worth the risk. Next time you’re sitting in class, and an idea comes to mind, don’t keep it in. Share your thoughts with the class. You never know who will benefit from your thought.

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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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