Laurene Jobs Sets Out To ‘Reimagine High Schools’
Many people would agree with the assertion that the education system in America is falling further behind compared to other countries.
According to Pearson Research, the United States has a “cognitive skills and educational attainment” score of 0.39, which makes the United States rank fourteenth out of forty countries. See where your specific state ranks – the 2015 Best High Schools rankings shows that Maryland is this year’s leading performer, California came in second and Connecticut was third.
Has the American education system become mired down in red tape and are we failing future generations?
What has changed over the last 100 years in education? Isn’t it time to do something about it?
If we use our imagination, what does the future of education look like in America?
The Steve Jobs estate wants to change the trajectory of the education system in America.
The widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, is putting up $50 million in an attempt to modernize the high school education system. She chairs the board of XQ America, an organization trying to “reimagine high school” through its Super School Project.
Organized as a competition, the project will give teams a chance to pitch their ultimate, innovate high school. In the end, several groups will receive funding to execute their vision.
Collaborators include Yo Yo Ma, the globally accomplished musician and creator, who wants to see schools that use creativity as a window to discipline, rigor, and a better world. Geoffrey Canada—an education advocate and head of the Harlem Children’s Zone—believes it’s time to look at the hard data, and think about how students need to be treated with a whole new level of respect if they are to truly excel. Leon Wieseltier—writer, former editor of The Atlantic, advocate of true cultural discussion—believes that we need to engage deeply in conversation, debate, and ultimately resolution about the intent of our public school system in America.
To create the future, we must first imagine it. The XQ Institute is in service of parents and pioneers, entrepreneurs and teachers, business leaders and administrators, youth and education experts—who are joining a movement to rethink America’s schools. You can read more on this mission by visiting http://xqsuperschool.org/about.
The Next Leap Forward
There are many lessons here, but the one that shines above all else – stagnation in any critical field is a cancer that will metastasize into a far greater problem.
America must continue to reinvent and reimagine every sector of every discipline – if we are to maximize our human potential. I will suggest to you that all too often – we wait, and delay, and convince ourselves that it is okay, that it’s not broken. We’ve seen this in our healthcare system, our infrastructure, and certainly our educational systems.
Change is uncomfortable for most, innovation is all about change, and the future demands that we stay alert to that dangerous, yet thrilling, sharp curve ahead.
We know that Steve Jobs was a Visionary, a Brink Thinker, a man who genuinely cared deeply about humanity.
What many do not know is that his widow Laurene Jobs is carrying that vision forward.
Laurene is also a Brink Thinker who understands the importance of reinventing the education system in America.