Exploration High School addresses the core design flaw in 20th century schools
SCHOOLS were DESIGNED TO MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY
Rigid time and space arrangements: sometimes referred to as "cells and bells"
Siloed subjects: learning in disjointed parts unlike every other aspect of life
Single-teacher classrooms: maintains teacher-directed passive learning environments
Normative pacing: whole class standard pacing geared towards the "average" student
Schools cannot address meaningful community problems.
All individuals' needs cannot be met
Schools are unable to include students in authentic decisions.
Teachers often work hard to make learning relevant and personalized, but are inhibited by the constraints of the efficiency model.
This leads to:
NEGATIVE STUDENT OUTCOMES - Far too many...
And furthermore, young people from traditionally under-served populations bear the highest share of the negative outcomes, as they do not have the safety nets and social capital to overcome the antiquated model of education.
NEGATIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
All parents want what's best for their child. But when efficiency gets in the way of building authentic relationships and creating meaningful learning experiences, individualism get lost.