What if we could get the whole world in on teaching?

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I’ve thought about this problem a lot. How? Is it possible to get the entire world of adults taking part, in some form, in children’s education?

What follows are a few of the ways I (and some of my wonderful friends/mentors) have come up with to do this. I’d like to know:

  • Tell me about your dream educational experience. Tell me – what would education look like in your ideal world? What would it feel like? What would it do?
  • Any thoughts on these specific ideas? Do any of them make you sit up straighter in your chair and widen your eyes? Why? And why not?
  • Why are these bad ideas? Tell me why you think these would fail.
  • And then tell me how you think we can make them happen.
  • And finally, what else? What other things am I not thinking about? What other ideas are there?

1. Skillshare for Kids

Extracurricular classes designed for kids and taught by professionals in a wide array of industries. Example: Afterschool or weekend workshops to teach how to code, how to design, how to create a marketing pitch, etc.

2. Catchafire for Teachers

A platform to help teachers find guest speakers for their classroom

3. Supplementary assignments provided by industry professionals

Example: 10 physicists can develop supplementary labs or assignments for each week of a physics curriculum that a physics teacher will take and do with their class

4. TED for the classroom

Set up livestreams or Google Hangouts with people around the world that teachers can stream into their classrooms

And yes, I would love, love to talk about this in person. Drop me a line ( – drinks on me.

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  • Willson

    I feel that one of the ways in which our education system is flawed is that it’s focused on teaching students “to do it the right way” – this leads to rote memorization and the inability to think outside of the box. One of the reasons we’ve more recently embraced this “hacker” culture is a paradigm shift in our thinking where we now understand how important it is to maybe let kids do it the wrong way, but nudge them and let them figure it out themselves. Education systems that focus on “learning by doing” are the ones producing students who are tinkerers, and maybe more importantly, producing students who believe that they can tackle any problem.

  • Raymond Wong

    i think a lot of this has to do with the age group you’re targeting, very young kids are quite unrealistic about their future desired occupation. an example being most young guys would like to grow up to be a professional athlete. and while getting lessons on my jump shot from jeremy lin would be awesome, its hardly plausible. if this is targeted towards perhaps high school kids, one issue might just pertain to their wide variety OR lack of interests. most people honestly just arent sure what they want to do in life, and even if they do, that idea or concept changes quite frequently.

  • Jess Dang

    Cynthia, I think this is so, so awesome and I’m excited to see you grow this idea. I’ve done a lot in education as a side hobby with kids of all ages, and I’d love to help in any way I can. I’ll be out in NYC in May, so we should get drinks.

    I disagree with Raymond’s comment that this only makes sense for HS kids who need to start facing reality. I think it’s all about exposure. When kids are young, they get exposed to celebrities and what their parents do. It’s important for them to see what other adults do and the possibilities out there for them.