High Powered Learning for All
Modernizing K-12 learning for the future we want to live in
K-12 learning is broken and the prevailing conception of the problem is completely wrong. K-12 schools are nothing like factories. They're ad-hoc, highly variable, fragmented, and incoherent. A RAND study found that 99% of US elementary teachers draw upon "materials I developed and/or selected myself" from Google (94 percent) or Pinterest (87 percent).
The efficacy of instructional materials, curriculum, and pedagogy is an afterthought. Individual teachers are left with the monumental task of creating lesson plans, assignments, projects, and making decisions on what knowledge to actually teach. It'd be like a waiter serving your meal while simultaneously cooking for twenty-five other people—and doing all the shopping and prepping the night before. The job is impossible for a mere mortal.
This is why, despite K-12 inflation-adjusted education spending increasing by 280% since 1960 , that only one in four US 12th graders is at grade level in mathematics.