We started from the question, “What would we teach in high school if we were starting over from a blank slate?”

We asked, “What knowledge and skills are needed to address the biggest challenges on the horizon? What does our democracy require? And what do the jobs of the future require?”

We believe students should graduate high school with:

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But high school doesn't make enough space for these important things:

  • It divides the world into disciplinary classes, which are too narrow to capture the big issues in the world.

  • It stresses "one right answer" calculation over the thinking skills needed to navigate ambiguity.

  • It's anchored on what we've taught in the past rather than what matters and engages today.

  • It offers limited opportunities for you to find and follow an interest, to direct a project from beginning to end, or to develop the self-knowledge and skills needed to be successful.

When we talk to students, we hear:

  • They want to learn more about what's happening in today's world.

  • They want more active learning and less note-taking and test prep.

We are building a new set of courses and experiences that do all this. At the heart of it is what we believe should become the new modern core:

  • Storytelling & Narrative,

  • Problem Solving,

  • Social Studies for Social Problems,

  • Science in Society, and

  • Practical Psychology

Our 2018 summer fellowship was the first step on this journey. In 2018-19, we began piloting our Problem Solving course with a high school in North Carolina. In 2019, we’ll expand our fellowships offered. And in 2019-20, we’ll partner with more schools to offer our courses.