School & District Management

‘What High School Taught Me’ Picks up Speed on Twitter

By Catherine Gewertz — August 12, 2016 1 min read

High school: what a riot of emotions and experiences. And they’re trending today on Twitter.

People are chiming in with their high school takeaways under the hashtag #WhatHighSchoolTaughtMe. It’s been running since at least last year, but picked up speed today, and was trending by the time East Coasters were having lunch. (h/t @EvieBlad)

The tweets hit a range of notes, from joyful to cynical, wise, flip and bittersweet. (Though there isn’t much that praises high school for its academic bounty.) Take a look:

From a future newspaper reporter:

An artist from Texas offers a metaphor:

A Canadian musician touches on the controversy around over-testing:

A young man from Duluth, Minn., took away a dark lesson:

And a young woman from Altoona, Iowa left with a lingering experience about kindness:

And there’s this, about high school’s end:

Educators and policymakers spend a lot of time trying to remake high schools, and often not much time actually listening to what students and former students have to say about it. What would you say in a tweet about #WhatHighSchoolTaughtMe? Chime in on Twitter (or in our comments box, below!).


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A version of this news article first appeared in the High School & Beyond blog.