Why We Exist

1.Most schools are built around teachers – not students.
2.You don’t need physical classrooms.
3.The best teacher-student ratio isn’t always 1:1.
4.Learning is as much about failure as it is about success.

Most schools are built around teachers – not students.

Students learn what teachers decide they should learn, and the teachers decide when it’s time to learn. Why can’t a student learn when it is most convenient for him or her—by teachers who are ready to instruct, regardless of where in the world they are?

You don’t need physical classrooms.

A student in Taiwan wants to learn English. A TESOL-certified English language teacher in New York City is looking for a job. Why would these two individuals need a classroom to aid the learning process?

The best teacher-student ratio isn’t always 1:1.

Engagement and interaction are critical to the learning process—not just with interaction with a teacher, but also through interaction with other students. Teachers are some of the most influential people in students' lives, so why should we remove them from the learning process? In groups, students help create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Why should students learn in silos?

You don’t need the same teacher day after day.

In the real world, you don’t speak to just one person every day. Learning should be no different. Why should students be limited to one teacher’s schedule and style?

Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resource to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant school flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.

Barack Obama

You don’t learn the same way over time.

Not all students learn the same. Your education should match your pace. Why do we treat all students as if they learn the same way throughout their entire education?

Learning is as much about failure as it is about success.

“Practice” is the art of failing repeatedly until success is achieved. This should be embraced in education.

The school day isn’t practical.

Some students are early risers, while others are night owls. Some students can only learn over lunch. When the student picks their preferred time, the best learning happens.