I know it sounds crazy but hear me out... What if we used blockchain technology to create digital currency for schools? What if each school became it’s own independent, self-sustained economy? What if students could practice opening their own businesses, balancing a budget, paying taxes? What if Student governments were built on platforms of economic policies, and they could practice creating tax systems? What if students could experiment with Universal Basic Income and we could observe the results? What if students in low-income communities were taught the strategies needed to foster community economic development so they could break cycles of generational poverty in their hometowns? What if students were taught the power of building multiple streams of income? What if students had to learn responsibility and accountability by paying for their desk, their chair, the teachers time? What if students who weren’t contributing to their schools economy were taught to repay their community by performing community service to earn this currency to pay for their education? What if they were taught nothing in life is free?
Maybe this is crazy... But it’s not as crazy as continuing to inadequately prepare students for “real life” by modeling schools after a world that doesn’t exist.
As a teacher and mentor in Title 1 schools for almost a decade, I constantly hear students say “I can’t wait to graduate so I can get out of here”. Students see education as a way out of their community rather than a process of learning how to transform their community. EDUpreneur seeks to change that.