The reason we have so much trouble changing education is because the average person doesn't think about education at all. The average person goes to school, does homework, listens to teachers and emerges no better educated. Our school system trains people to follow directions. How can we expect people to think critically about their education when they are spoon-fed information to regurgitate on multiple-choice tests?
We think of education as problematic -- in terms of both quality and quantity. The average person doesn't think of education as a problem at all.
Earlier this week someone asked me, "Did you know you needed an iPhone before the iPhone?" He then asked, "Did you know you needed an education before you got an education?"
The average person in a developed country does not think about education the way a well educated VC or entrepreneur thinks about education.
VCs and entrepreneurs tend to be well educated. Well educated people think about education as an investment. You put as many of your resources in to an investment as you can.
Being poor also changes how you think about education. Interestingly, in the US, the people who are most willing to try new things are the poor and uneducated because they have a similar incentive structure to a person in rural India. Their default state is "screwed." If a poor person doesn't do something dramatic, they are going to stay screwed. Many parents and teachers in these communities understand this. So the communities are often willing to try new, experimental things -- online education, charter schools, longer school days, no summer vacation, co-op programs -- even if they may not work. Why? Because their students' default state is "screwed" and they need something dramatically better. Doing something significantly higher quality is the only way to overcome the inertia of already being screwed. The affordable, but poor quality approaches just aren't good enough. These communities are on the hunt for dramatically better approaches and willing to try new things. Unfortunately the poor don't have a lot of money to spend so servicing this community requires selling to the schools, which is an enterprise sales type of business -- not a consumer business.
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