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Hi Sarah,

I love the ideas you have thus far and think that the target market you have is very much in need. I do have a question about why you chose to focus on a competency-based education, rather than a typical college education? I understand that maybe some part-time students who are older would benefit more from a competency-based education, but do you foresee PelotonU being accepted by employers as an actual degree?

On another note, I think it's wonderful that you care so much about a student's development and their progress. Have you considered instituting a badge/rewards system to motivate students who may not have as much intrinsic motivation?


Kaiying commented on Future School- July 17

Hi Max,

I think this is a great concept as it allows students to have a more manageable way to learn with this hands-on-program, and also gives teachers efficient ways to track their students' progress. I am slightly confused about whether FutureSchool is an online platform or a physical classroom because you mention the "app" as well as a "base school". If it involves both, why do you see the need to have the "base school", which I think may play a larger part in being an accessory to a traditional education and would be more comparable to a tutoring center. I believe that it would also be more useful to give teachers the statistics on so they can analyze all the information at their fingertips.

I love your idea and hope you keep pursuing it!


Kaiying commented on Solve4Work Club (final update) 27.02

Hi Isaac,

As a college student at a school with a pretty well developed career search platform for students to apply to internships and jobs, I think this is a fantastic idea for schools that don't have such ubiquitous platforms. Regardless, I believe this is a fantastic platform for students to make meaningful relationships and make an impact in their community. I believe that it is good to test your ideas out more on small scale organizations and "competitions" because scaling could be an organizational issue if there are a lot of different parties involved. Just thinking about the immediate impact of the program, you said that the inspiration for this was the lack of experience that many Kenyan students have in the job search market, do you think that the focus should shift more to partnering with corporations, NGO's or other similar organizations to provide direct pipelines for students to get more work experience?