I’ve had an idea for a while, but never really known of a way to integrate any type of compensation for anyone. I believe safe offers this, but I want to make sure a few of my premises are correct before I let myself get too excited.
I believe the current school system, at least in the US is broken. I’m not talking so much about early years of school, but the college system in my opinion is a complete farce. Pay 20k a year to get a degree which does not prepare you for real work.
I want to create an online school, curated by the brightest minds in the world, much like Wikipedia but for school. We live in an age where communication is instant and nearly free. Why should Japan, Germany, India have such superior math and science skills than the US? Share the methods you use, improve the world. Why do you need to go to college for four years, then law school to be a lawyer. You need to know the law, you need to understand and be able to use it, but if you can pass the test proving you know those skills, you should be a lawyer. No?
So here are my thoughts and assumptions:
App developers are paid directly by the network. The more their app is used, the more they are paid directly. This would allow for free content to an end user, while allowing the app to pay contributers for their service.
Beyond that, it’s a matter of devising a method to get the funds to the creators, and I think that’s the easier part.
People can contribute lesson plans, videos, record audio for all the different learning styles. Want to learn from a deep voiced baritone? Click it. Want to learn from a cute lady with a British accent? Click it. Want to learn in Spanish? Go for it. Just want to read the information and research on your own? You may.
Linux is a free software, contributed to by people all over the world for free because they believe in it and want to improve it. Wikipedia is the same thing. Why not school? What if we could add a natural incentive in the form of money, and still let the end user have it for free? Now add structured learning.
Have I gone wrong somewhere? Is this actually possible? If so, I will be so very excited to get to work on this.
I just realize that this could open high level education to a whole new realm of people… People far away from University, with little money… It could literally change the world for those people.