St. Louis 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.