Today's Word Diversion at Griscom School in St. Louis City was profound. The High School students debated US military intervention in other countries. Students discussed deterrence, acquiring resources illegally, terrorism, nuclear war, and immigration. WOW for them today!
The middle school students debated and "did" philosophy. Topics discussed and debated focused on 16 year old's voting, the death penalty, free resources,the existence of heaven and hell, and improving education. The 13 to 15 year old's even had suggestions for improving the quality of their education. They want smaller classrooms, teachers who relate to them rather than punish them, applied learning projects, and more.
DON'T FORGET TO SUPPORT THE WORD DIVERSION YOUTH ON GIVES DAY ST. LOUIS, MAY 1ST! YOUR DOLLARS PAY THE KIDS FOR LEARNING, LEADING, AND COMPETING.
The GCI Youth Academy also offers best practice programs to incarcerated, supervised, post supervised, and high-risk youth ages 12-21. Word Diversion participants may participate in Greenhouse Forensics, Biz Rhetoric, Applied Organizing, or Learning & Leadership. Programming occurs within corrections institutions, court approved supervision sites, and on education campuses. Participants earn participation stipends and receive financial bonuses for outstanding participation, program completion, or excellence in mentoring. Parents are encouraged to participate along with their children as much as possible.