What if we radically changed our high schools and turned them into something different?
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XQ: The Super School Project

What if we radically changed the way high schools work and exist?

It's no secret our schools are in trouble compared with the rest of the world. We're now at #27 in math globally, and it's not getting better.

But a new, innovative project — XQ's The Super School Project — really wants to change that:


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This problem is not the teachers nor the parents.

It's that schools were designed to crank out future workers at a time when the Industrial Revolution was in high gear.

Most of us don't realize that our education system hasn't really changed since then, when it was designed to crank out factory workers. The whole goal was get people ready for repetition, routine, and defined tasks.

Factory education, if you will.

GIFs via XQ.

Thankfully, that's changed.

But schools have struggled to keep up with new ways of learning for a new-world economy, and they're still struggling.

High school students now can learn about robotics and smartphones and social media and other things in ways that nobody even considered not that long ago — not from textbooks and "parked in seat" learning.

Here's the challenge: How do we reinvent high school?

"If we profoundly change high school, we can reach not just the 50 million kids enrolled in public school, but the hundreds of millions who will follow them, and the billions of people worldwide that they will impact."

How about you? If you could reinvent high school, what would that look like?

From XQ's website:

"The Super School Project is a national movement to reimagine high school. In the last hundred years, America has gone from a Model T to a Tesla and from a switchboard to a smartphone, but our public high schools have stayed frozen in time. We believe American ingenuity can and must move education forward. This is a challenge, open to all, to build the Super Schools that will lead the way."

The Super School Project is accepting proposals right now to rethink high school.

Once the winning proposals are accepted, they will have a $50 million budget to try out the new ideas; it will be allocated over 5 years and supported by expert mentoring. They're aiming for at least five schools to receive the funding and implement the creative concepts that will reimagine what high school can be.

From things like altering school schedules to implementing new technologies and curricula, they're aiming high.

Here's a four-minute video that gives more information about this project:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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