Our students need expert help to go... well, somewhere. They don't know exactly where they are going, and neither do we. Yet we keep asking them...
What are you going into?
What are you studying?
What do you want to be?
We need to stop. This is an uncomfortable question for most students, probably because they have no clue as to what they want to do with their lives.
I propose that students are explorers. They encounter new territory and search around for meaning. Once meaning is found, they set off to another place.
Students need to explore. They need to learn so that they can explore some more. Our students are charting new territory. There is no map to where they need to go. There never will be. So we need not teach them them how to better read maps, but how to better make maps, and navigate without them.
Exploration does not consist of taking a known path to a known location! On the contrary, it requires us to open our eyes, test the waters, and proceed boldly in the face of uncertainty. If we misstep, then we correct course and move along.
Our organization is engaging students here locally and helping them formulate and implement their ideas. We have to. It's the future.
There is no model for this movement. How could there be? We're still exploring and still creating it. I hope you create something similar in your community, or hell, copy it exactly (I'll post regular updates). We need it. The world depends on it. Go. Do. Now.