U.S. Department of Education Crowd-source Idea

Here’s an idea for the U.S. Department of Education:

Crowd-source short form videos for every subject & every grade K – 12. Students can casually browse these like TikTok as a supplement to their classes.

Here’s An Example: 
Take this 3rd grade Language Arts curriculum and put a $10,000 award for the best short video for each section (1 minute or less)…

Educators across the world will flood social media with their entries.

The $10,000 prize is split up into: 
• 1st place: $6,000
• 2nd place: $3,000
• 3rd place: $1,000

You then take the winning videos and add them to playlists on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube Shorts.

Now let’s do the math…

The U.S. Department of Education budget in 2022 was $636 billion.

Each grade curriculum is 32 weeks, with 5 lessons per week.

• 160 lessons per grade X 12 grades = 1,920 lessons 

• 1,920 lessons X $10,000 per prize = $19,200,000 

• $636 billion / $19.2 million =  .003% of budget

For just .003% of your US Education budget, in one month, you could give high quality supplemental materials to every student in the country (technically the world)…and turn social media from a time-suck to kids, into a powerful teacher that benefits millions!

Evidence crowd sourcing works has been proven by @xprize and @DARPA. Interesting analogy is @thesamparr and @ShaanVP offered $5k for anyone who can make a clip viral…it resulted in hundreds of clips, hundreds of creators, and hundreds of millions of views…for just $5k 😳

Even if this program cost 5x or 10x what’s quoted here it would still be an intensely efficient use of funds.

This same competition could be held every year, or whenever there are changes to the curriculum…massively increasing the quality of the education as people compete.

This program could bring out a whole new generation of digital educators.

A high school English teacher in Missouri may discover she has the skills to educate millions of students online, rather than just 100 students in person.

Digital education would advance quickly with this method.

I hope someone takes this idea and runs with it!


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