Despite years of "reform," many schools in St. Louis maintain pernicious mindsets from their original design. Rich and powerful Americans wanted factory workers, so the country adopted an educational model from Prussia meant "to make citizens subservient."
A lot has changed in the last century. 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—only 9% of whom can do math at grade-level—will find themselves unemployed. To succeed in the economy and society of tomorrow, students need to start learning in schools that look less like the bygone Industrial Era and more like the Information Age of the future.