Just Get Out of the Way

Just Get Out of the Way

Last night I attended an open house at my child’s high school that started out with an opening address from the high school principal and an introduction of the new teachers to the high school parents.  The next segment of the open house consisted of teachers coming up to the podium and sharing some highlights about the various clubs in which high school students could get involved.  The one particular speaker who talked about FCCLA caught my attention more than the other speakers.  Why? Because it was an actual student member of the FCCLA club, not the FCCLA advisor.  The young man described the organization, gave examples of various services they provide, and shared many leadership opportunities in which students could participate.  He was confident and articulate and kept my attention.  I was so proud of him addressing all of the parents like he did.  When I saw him in the hallway, I shook his hand and told him what a great job he had done.  I shared with him how much I loved that a student shared information about FCCLA rather than the adult.  He thanked me and as I walked away I began to wonder…when these various clubs were presented to the student body during the assembly on opening day, who did the talking or persuading?  Who would have been best to deliver the message? The adult advisor or the students themselves? The students who actually can speak about their excitement, passion, and enthusiasm?  What other places in school do we see the adults at the center?  Why is it that we don’t get of the way and let students take the lead? After all, isn’t it their school?