Traditional education in the age of breakthrough sharing

sharing-economyThe sharing economy works. Sharing, reusing, recycling goods or services save money and time, and reduce the waste that our planet can no longer be burdened with.

The so-called sharing economy, discussed in a post on this blog on the 27 August, also lands in one of the most difficult sectors ever: teaching.

An English teacher in California, Laura Randazzo, started – as a hobby first, and then as an entrepreneurial investment – TeachersPayTeachers, a platform in which teachers can purchase teaching materials from other colleagues worldwide at a cheap price. As a consequence, teachers save a lot of time in preparing lessons, earn precious new insights from others and are continuously updated with the new trends in education.

As the New York Times tells about this story, it is a win-win game, in which everyone earn something from exchanging with other colleagues who face the same challenges everyday.

Using this system in education is winning. Teachers, and students, will be able to make the most of their time, learning much more in a vertical way (teacher-to-students), and peer-to-peer.

An integrated and cross-functional education: an educational system, able to train not just to learn notions, but also to emotional and social intelligence, to a greater solidarity and respect, that unleashes individual creativity. This is what the CEO of Wind, Maximo Ibarra, suggests in an article published some weeks ago on Repubblica.it, and this is also what we need to embrace for a global growth.

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