Designing High School for Upward Mobility: A Conversation with Ian Rowe
March 24, 2022 at 7pm ET
Socioeconomic status is a major predictor of student preparedness for higher education. While many affluent students acclimate to higher education through their university-educated families, low-income and first generation students often lack this important support structure. Curriculum design in high school can play a critical role in overcoming these socioeconomic barriers, putting less affluent students on track to enter a university setting, earn a degree, and pursue upward mobility. How do we ensure that high school prepares all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, with the habits of heart and mind necessary to succeed in the university?
Samantha Hedges, HxA’s K-12 Program Manager, will speak with Ian Rowe, co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about why he chose a curriculum design for his charter network focused on character development, critical thinking, and knowledge creation — and how this alternative approach can prepare young people, from all backgrounds, for successful academic careers centered on open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.
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