Mark Marino recently made a thoughtful and thought-provoking mashup of A Vision of Students Today in honor of Martin Luther King Day:
As pointed out by Mark, the “vision” our video hoped to portray was more limited than our title suggests.
We tried to include pointers to these limitations by including the statistics about inequality and the digital divide within our original video.
In the spirit of Mark’s critique, I thought I would share with you a scene that did not make the final cut – not because it wasn’t worth showing – but because it was so important that it overshadowed some of the other issues we were trying to raise.
On the day of filming, several students had ideas emerge right on the spot. Whenever they had an idea they would write it down on a piece of paper and hold it up for the camera. While we were reflecting on the size of the room and the anonymity this creates among students, one student held up the following sign:
This was immediately followed by this:
It was a powerful moment, and the sign itself defies any simple reading.