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Laurene Powell Jobs sees high school as the next design problem Silicon Valley can help solve

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As the wife of Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs had a front-row seat to the rise to Apple. Now she is turning her philanthropic efforts to what she says is one of the great design failures in modern America: high school.
Speaking Monday (April 4) at a YCombinator conference for female startup founders, Jobs described her $50 million reform push with the Super School Project, a national competition open to artists, teachers, musicians, and technologists who want to rebuild secondary education.
Secondary education in the US wasn’t badly designed when the movement to make it widely accessible took hold in the early 1900s, Jobs said. “But we’ve been out of the [industrial era] for 50 years, and there’s been no substantial systemic change in the way we do high school.”
The XQ Institute, which runs the Super School Project, has identified four issues it says are crucial to ensuring students’…

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