Lessons from Chicago: How to Hook Up Every Teen with a Tech Job

Jen Curtis, EdSurge, Mar 20, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A long time ago I offered my own version of 'School 2.0' in which placement in the community was a core concept (that's it, pictured in the image). The current article describes an instantiation of that sort of vision. "The entire senior class was placed in full-time tech internships throughout the city, acquiring job skills and building their professional networks instead of slogging through the traditional spring semester." Now the implementation was not without its issues: the staff had to scramble to find 74 placements, the high school students were sometimes unprofessional, and close supervision was required. “We’d rather students learn those lesson now rather than after investing 50K when the stakes are much higher.” Related: Every space is a learning space.

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