Autonomous Education Systems
Educations Systems that Adapt to you
How can education systems both drive exceptional talent and invest in making sure everyone has a fair shot? They can do both and more by allocating resources more effectively.
Education systems are human-capital development systems for economies. When they work well, the systems provide organization and social structure to the development of young persons into contributing members of society that drive economic growth and social development. When they work poorly, they trap exceptional talent, waste time, and fail to deliver an equal opportunity or necessary support for others.
The U.S. economy is losing USD 1 billion in workforce participation just from students moving slower than they are capable in the public education system. This conservative estimate ignores the life-long impact on their career trajectory and increased contributions to society.
Meanwhile, our academic system is in constant need of resources to invest in the academic and social development of children in need of such time and other resources with educators saying they are constrained by curriculum requirements.
Changing the way curriculums are delivered in the public education system can drive economic growth, improving the well-being of our children, and our help our educators get back to building opportunities.
THE COHORT SYSTEM
The current education system is based forming and advancing students in age-based groups or cohorts, each in a relatively uniform manner across multiple subject areas over a period of more than a decade. The system seems so natural and easy to understand. With the changing of the seasons each year, students to go to school they are with kids their own age, and they all get the same curriculum delivered at the same time to make the best of.
THE LOSS IN AVERAGES
The cohort-based system has immense hidden costs associated with fitting individuals to a system, rather than fitting the system to individuals. The impact is staggering - each cohort of students suffers USD 1 billion in lost wages even before graduation. The economy as a whole suffers from the lost workforce contribution and some of our brightest children were held back from their full potential. The millions of children that suffer the cohort system learned syllabus-dependence and never learned to function autonomously or in a way where they could become drivers of a new economy. Meanwhile we have problems finding the resources we need to address specific learning needs for children.
No one student is truly the average student. Each and every one of them learns at different rates, through different methods, while have different aspirations and motivations. This means that no one structure, one rate of learning, one approach to learning can be effective. Instead, a system that accommodates, tracks, and verifies individual learning would be most efficient. It would have never been possible to enact such a system on a national scale with pen and paper, but technological advancement has changed this dynamic.
Who is this right for
Policy-makers wanting to invest in the future of education,
Schools seeking to align resources for more efficient outcomes, and
Venture-Capital and Social-Impact investors looking to fund a startup building the technology.
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