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Aspire to Be the Next Silicon Valley CEO? Here's How You Can Get Started in High School

skills for the future, careers of the future

Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Michael Dell. Rachel Ray.

What is one thing these entrepreneurial giants have in common? All of them journeyed down unconventional paths in high school and college. Rejecting traditional education and a four year college degree has become a well known part of their atypical success stories.

Many young people have big dreams and aspirations. They enter high school filled to overflowing with ideas and creative solutions for the problems they see around them.

If that spirit is not nurtured and cared for, they can quickly give up on those dreams and ideas in favor of...

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What College Admissions Officers Are REALLY Looking For in a High Schooler

skills for the future, parents and education

Ask any student what the most stressful part of their final year and a half of high school has been, and the majority will respond - college applications.

At a time in their life where young people are highly impressionable, beginning to solidify the ideals and patterns of thinking that will serve them for the rest of their lives - they are concurrently under intense pressure and stress, often dealing with unhealthy levels of anxiety.

And their anxiety doesn’t even compare to what their parents are feeling.

Keep reading as we explore what a college admissions office is really looking for...

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What Should Schooling Look Like in the 21st Century?

skills for the future, learning community

What should schooling look like in the 21st century? This is the fundamental question that we wrestled with — we being the co-founders of Blyth-Templeton Academy — when we came together in 2014.

And we were not alone then, nor we are alone now.

Stanford University has done some of the best thinking about this question most recently, and if you haven’t checked it out already, the Stanford2025 website is worth reviewing. Written from the perspective of the future well beyond the year 2025, they “look back from 2100 to the era when Stanford students began declaring missions, not majors.”

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5 Reasons Why Micro Schools Matter in 2018

skills for the future, future of work

Change seems to be the only constant in 2018. Rapid technological advances, shifting global perceptions of social and political life, and an economy that rewards innovation and entrepreneurship are all contributing to an atmosphere of disruption.

But during this time of accelerating change and innovation, one fundamental thing has not kept pace—our education system.

Our current system of education—with age-segregated groups, big buildings full of identical classrooms, tight lines of desks, and established ways of teaching subjects year after year—was designed during the industrial era.

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Computational Thinking Is a Problem Solving Skill

skills for the future

These days it seems that everywhere you look someone is offering coding classes for kids. While coding is all the rage, courses that teach coding focus on a very specific skill, one that not everyone needs or wants. But what happens before we even get to the point that we need to code a program?

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