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Faces of the Future

What Extraordinary Students Are Telling Us About Tomorrow's Uncertain Job Market

Across the country, talented and driven young people are pushing well beyond the boundaries of school, finding new ways to learn advanced computer science, tackle big challenges, and start mapping an uncharted future. As part of Education Week’s special coverage of schools and the future of work, we’re profiling some of these students, because we believe their stories hold important lessons about the promise—and peril—that all of today’s students will face in tomorrow’s uncertain labor market.

Before they were teenagers, Rochester Hills, Mich., students Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens showed the advanced computer skills and probing minds that are highly sought after by employers. How did things go so wrong?
Before they were teenagers, Rochester Hills, Mich., students Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens showed the advanced computer skills and probing minds that are highly sought after by employers. How did things go so wrong?
Rachel Woolf for Education Week
School Climate & Safety At Age 12, They Hacked Their School District. The Adults Are Still Trying to Catch Up.
Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens should be the cybersecurity workers of tomorrow. Instead, they may be charged with a crime.
Benjamin Herold, November 7, 2018
10 min read
Eighth grader Ian Michael Brock wants to make sure the next billion-dollar tech company is launched by a kid like him. For better or worse, he and his family have taken matters into their own hands.
Eighth grader Ian Michael Brock wants to make sure the next billion-dollar tech company is launched by a kid like him. For better or worse, he and his family have taken matters into their own hands.
Alyssa Schukar/Education Week
Future of Work He Wants Chicago Kids to Build the Next Silicon Valley. He's 13.
Ian Michael Brock wants the next billion-dollar tech company to be launched by a young person. He’s taken matters into his own hands.
Benjamin Herold, February 19, 2018
8 min read
A remarkable coder with vision, people skills, and high-powered mentors, New York City 9th grader Emma Yang has the skills to thrive in an uncertain future labor market. But what about everyone else?
A remarkable coder with vision, people skills, and high-powered mentors, New York City 9th grader Emma Yang has the skills to thrive in an uncertain future labor market. But what about everyone else?
Mark Abramson for Education Week
Future of Work The Extraordinary Education of an Elite, 13-Year-Old Problem-Solver
A remarkable coder with vision, people skills, and mentors, Emma Yang has the skills to thrive. But what about everyone else?
Benjamin Herold, September 26, 2017
8 min read