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Dr. Brendan Byrne

Dr. Brendan Byrne is the Head of Middle School at The Harvey School.

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How is your school preparing students for jobs in the future that don't yet exist?

Nov 1, 2022 6:00:00 AM / by Dr. Brendan Byrne

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A new parent at an independent school once asked a long-time school leader, “How is your school preparing students for jobs in the future that don’t yet exist?” For an educator who had grown accustomed to impressing parents with discussions of a challenging curriculum, college acceptance lists, and extracurricular opportunities, I found this to be a truly thought-provoking question. Clearly, this parent was not content to hear a rehearsed response. And so the educator explained to the parent that the school’s program and curriculum merely served as the vessel through which students could become creative, independent thinkers who would be prepared to jump into any job or become entrepreneurs by applying skills rather than merely recalling content and facts. 

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