WBEZ's Student Stories

April 11, 2014

We hear a lot about providing a high-quality education to all children in Chicago, in Illinois, and across the country. But what does that mean? Turns out it means a lot of different things for different people.

WBEZ wants to hear what it means to the students themselves. That’s why for the next month, we're asking for students to tell us their own stories about their education...in their own words. We're calling it Student Stories.

Any person under the age of 21 living in Greater Chicago--the city and its suburbs--is eligible to submit. We will accept everything from written essays, audio diaries, interviews with friends, spoken word, poetry, songs--use your imagination!

Submissions should address the following question:

Imagine the best school in the world. Describe what it would be like. How does that compare with the school you go to or went to?

UPDATE: Feel free to think outside of the prompt above. WBEZ wants you to tell your own personal stories about and experiences with school. What do you like? What don't you like? What is working? What could be changed? 

Be creative with how you answer and think outside the box! Think about where you go to school and what you want out of your formal education.

We’ll use the best of the best on air in May.

How to submit

Please keep written entries to less than 650 words and audio entries to 5 minutes or less. Submit your work to wbezstudentstories.tumblr.com or e-mail it to WBEZ producer Becky Vevea at bvevea@wbez.org.

Have a thought, but too shy to submit a story? Call the WBEZ Student Stories hotline and leave a message at (888) 915-9945.

Still have questions? E-mail bvevea@wbez.org or call (312) 948-4731.