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About Speak Out

 Speak Out, the Alberta Student Engagement Initiative was created in 2008 to support Alberta youth in sharing education ideas and experiences with each other and the Ministry. Alberta Education sees student engagement as a process of active collaboration with students in an effort to best support their needs, goals and learning preferences. Speak Out is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to be leaders of change in their schools and communities. Through this initiative, students, ages 14 to 19, from across the province are provided with the tools they need to engage in discussions about their education with each other and with key education partners on how to improve the education system in Alberta.

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Co-ed vs. Single-Gender Education

Most schools in our current education system are co-ed. There have been pros and cons presented about both options. Some studies show that students are able to focus better without the opposite sex distracting them, others say it is important to be in an environment much like the one they will spend the rest of their lives in.


Courage to be Confident

Everyone, everyday, battles their own personal challenges, and must find the courage to be confident when facing those obstacles.  As a teenager, we battle against our desire to fit in and the damage it does to our self-esteem. One of the hardest things to find the confidence for, in the harsh world of cliques and school drama, is the little things. It takes a completely different kind of courage to raise your hand in class, or say hi to the new girl sitting beside you.  It’s these everyday moments that cause a lot of anxiety in teenagers because of our desire to “fit in”.


Studying is a Very Personal Thing

Studying is a very personal thing. What works for one person may not work for another, but I think we can all agree that unless you have a photographic memory, a quick glance at your notes is not enough preparation for most exams. How much studying is enough? 

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