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.

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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:

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One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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