Now is the opportune moment to rethink St. Louis education for the 21st century. Our schools look almost exactly the same as when they first opened...in 1893. Back then, America wanted to produce factory workers, so educators designed schools based on a Prussian model meant "to make citizens subservient."
A lot has changed in the last century, and it's high time our city's public schools changed too. Experts predict that within 15 years, automation will replace 83% of jobs earning less than $20/hr. As those jobs disappear, our city’s 8th graders—of whom only 9% can do math at grade-level—will find themselves unemployed. The kids that succeed, the ones prepared for college degrees and professional careers, will have learned in schools that feel less like the Industrial Age and more like the Information Age.
That's why Kairos is rethinking education from the ground up using the latest neuroscience and technology. We replace boring lectures with engaging projects and controlling adults with personal coaches who teach students how to manage their own schedule, behavior, and work habits. We know that children learn through practice, so at Kairos, students practice navigating the choices of the real world (such as when, where, how, and with whom to study) within a safe, structured school environment. Our graduates are not just freethinkers, ready to thrive in a modern economy, but also self-governing citizen, ready to lead themselves and their communities.