Kids may say the darndest things, but sometimes they are simply spot on. Lauren Phillips, a WorldTeach Chile volunteer, asked her students to finish the sentence “If I could change the world…” and got some inspiring responses. Read on to see what her 6th-12th graders answered.




This is a list compiled from my 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. I explained the prompt: “If I could change the world…” and here’s what they came up with:


– I would turn the sky orange and purple.

– everyone would have a home.

– no one would go to bed hungry.

– there would be more beautiful boys and less ugly ones.

– there would be more respect for women.

– everyone would have health care.

– there would be less drugs and more peace.

– I would have Miss Lauren stay in Chile forever.

– there would be less reggaeton and more heavy metal.

– there would be education for everyone.

– there would be less robbery and violence.

– there would be more respect for nature.


Here are a few from my 11th and 12 graders:


– there would be less violence and more communication.

– there would be less discrimination and more respect.

– there would be more wine for everyone!

– there would be more conscience in the people.

– 2Pac and Eazy-E would be reborn.


Their dreams and visions are humbling, reviving, and wise beyond their years. I also included a few that I thought were pretty creative and funny. I feel very blessed to spend each day with such beautiful young souls who give me hope for a more peaceful and just future.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Gandhi.


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