This story illustrates several things I have blogged about over the last few years. I mentioned that the school system won’t change because it doesn’t have any feedback mechanism. (see The Guidance System Of Education) The funding it gets isn’t tied to how well the students learn so it doesn’t have to change. Well, that is starting to change.
You may have heard about a 9 year old student in Scotland named Martha Payne. Tired of the poor quality of her school lunches, she started taking pictures of them and posting them on her blog called NeverSeconds blog . The blog went viral and got over a million hits in the first few weeks. All she was doing was illustrating a problem. Well, the school system didn’t like that much I suppose because last week they told her she wasn’t allowed to take pictures of her food. Lol. Well that didn’t work so well. She posted on her blog what happened and the rest of the world just went bananas. The school system was flooded by a mass of angry social media pressure. In addition, Martha asked people to donate to a charity on her blog’s behalf. Well after 24 hours of pressure online, the school reversed their decision, and people had donated $75,000 to charity.
As I have said recently, the Internet empowers creative individuals. Within two weeks of Martha starting to post, the school has changed their lunches. This is remarkable and could not have happened 20 years ago.
The charity Martha is supporting is for building a kitchen in Malawi. Turns out, it is going to be named in her honor. Nice job Martha.