The students plan it; they design the black light skit; they rehearse it and trouble shoot the cues and the timing. Then they facilitate the assembly, manning the lighting and the sound system with very little adult interaction.
Each of these students has a gift. Some are book smart and can play school just by showing up. Others have to work to earn a 'b", but serve without thinking about it. Many have excellent organization skills, and others are just very skilled at being social. Nevertheless, planning the events they plan requires each student to work with people, and people are messy.
More than working for a right answer, our kids in leadership have to learn to serve. They have to learn how to work collaboratively with other students who are like them and who are unlike them. They learn to meet deadlines and to revise ideas that seemed great on paper but that won't work in real life. They have to learn to disagree and still be a team player. Moreover, they have to learn how to go along with the second best idea, let it fail, and arrive at a better joint conclusion.
As the mother of a leadership kid and one who loves learning and loves having the right answer, I value his Leadership class as much if not more than any other he takes. My son will always master content; God gave him that gift. He will have to work to understand people and to value others despite differing from them.
I expect my kids to do their best - every day no matter what. When the grade falls short, my first question is always, "Do you understand why you missed what you missed?" I am always more concerned with learning than I am than answer, and the Leadership class has a singular focus on individuals learning about learning and learning about serving.
For me, for my kid, this is invaluable. He can sit in a class and get the right answer nine times out of ten, but few of those answers will help him see and understand the world outside of himself like Leadership does. People are messy and our world is full of people - where the right answers don't always help the people in the world.
He will need to practice being strong and courageous in a messy world far more often than he will need to practice having the right answer.
Thank you, Union High School.
Thank you. Leadership.