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Common Core in Silicon Valley (via NAM and NY Times).

"Many of his images point to the inherent tensions that come with trying to fit learning practices meant to nurture 21st century skills – innovation, creativity, critical reasoning and analysis; all the buzzwords associated with Silicon Valley – into school classrooms and hallways that recall a more industrial age.

That tension forms the backdrop for many of Dundon’s images. It’s in the institutional spaces that channel a river of young teens down narrow halls to classrooms plastered with inspirational messages and figures. It’s in the principal driving students home after an on-campus stabbing and the drops of blood left behind. It’s knotted into the web of crisscrossing wires that keep one very dated computer lab connected.

These images represent a critical moment in California’s education, and by extension its future. Common Core is the most ambitious education reform initiative in decades. It is meant to prepare students for a world that is every day being shaped by Silicon Valley. Whether it can transcend the vast disparities in income and resources available to the students attending Silicon Valley schools will be a key litmus test for its success both locally and nationwide." -Peter Schurmann

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