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Hi William,

I love the idea of promoting education of soft skills and experiences. There is so much that can be learned outside of the traditional classroom setting, where incentives and goals are often structured to support academic achievements and careers. I especially think that insecurities and personal developments, like you mentioned in your elevator pitch, are important qualities that are often overlooked in the pursuit of the best grade, or the best jobs.

My question for you is in the traditional screening method that you stated you would be using in validating the teachers. While I understand that traditional methods of evaluating qualifications and experience are needed for quality control, I was also curious as to how the system would align with the focus towards experience and soft-skills, much of which are not measured by the traditional resume structure. In order for the platform to be truly decentralized and open to everyone, I think a more open system of screening may be necessary, such as a short essay on the teacher’s experience.

One of the Korses I would love to see taught on the platform would be regarding dealing with the psychological pressures of the fast-paced modern day life. Living in New York City, I have experienced that often times, I get caught up in a routine schedule of trying to keep up with commitments. I believe that many NYC-based college students and corporate professionals could benefit from learning to find calm moments in the midst of a vibrant, but at times intimidating atmosphere.

Thank you!

Hi Terry,

I love the idea of fostering a purpose behind higher education. Coming into college, I wasn’t sure which majors to choose from, and although I love what I study now, my career options are definitely tied to my major.
From my experience in college so far, I found it both helpful and interesting to hear from invited speakers from various industries talk about what they do, and the real-life challenges they face. It definitely helped me understand the usefulness of what I was studying in books and classrooms. Your approach to higher education will, in my opinion, need interactive education outside of the classroom setting. I learned about OpenIDEO through a class, and browsing through the different ideas on the platform and trying to add real-life value through comments like these challenges me to think in ways that are not only genuine, but also realistic.
My one concern is, if students are focused on a problem and build their college education around it, would it not limit their career options later on? I myself have changed my major while in college, and know of many peers who have changed or added majors to widen their career options. It would be helpful to keep a balance between finding a specific interest while also keeping future options open.

Thank you!

Hi Danyelle,
I love the idea of introducing financial literacy to a younger demographic. Throughout my years in both public and private schools, I never had the opportunity to learn about financial concepts or real-life financing. Even as an undergraduate student at a business school, I don’t feel that I am fully prepared taking care of my finances, i.e. filing taxes.

You mentioned in your working prototype for the curriculum that groups may not necessarily be bracketed by age. As students of ages 8 through 18 have a rather large diversity of education and knowledge background, I was wondering if it would be challenging to explain various financial concepts that needed certain background knowledge?

Also, what do you think are the advantages of having students perform tasks versus adults? One of your possible competitions listed was TaskRabbit, so I was wondering, in the perspective of the task-poster, what kinds of tasks might be better suited for students to complete rather than adults?

Lastly, I saw it mentioned once, but I think including taxes in the curriculum would be incredibly helpful, as many of my peers, myself included, learn filing taxes the “hard way,” like you did. Thank you!