|Long Hair Dan|
Students move from class to class with the sound of a tone. They sit. They listen. They write. They study what needs to be studied and they pass the test. Success!
We've drained so much autonomy from them, they don't know how to adapt. We've organized such a rigid system, they wait for our instructions, then they react. We tell them how to do it, then they do it, our way.
They sit back and listen, then move.
That's not Project HOPE. When the students ask how to do it, we tell them to figure it how. "Do it however you think it should be done."
"Should I put mustard on the sandwiches?" "Would you like to put mustard on the sandwich?" "I don't know."
It takes a lot on Project HOPE to rewire the students. They wait for us to tell them what to say to our friends on the streets, but we encourage them to take the lead, make the decisions, run the show.
It's tough. It's not normal. And we like that.