This post originally appeared on Medium.
What if science breakthroughs weren’t shared with the world?
Great teaching today is equivalent to a scientist discovering DNA and only sharing it with themselves. Not sharing a great teaching method could be just as harmful.
Fred Wilson talks about the atomic unit for many services that have transformed industries.
In Twitter, the atomic unit is the tweet
In SoundCloud, the atomic unit is the sound
In Tumblr, the atomic unit is the post
In Kickstarter, the atomic unit is the project
In Instagram, the atomic unit is the photo
In LinkedIn, the atomic unit is the resume
In Foursquare, the atomic unit is the checkin
In Gmail the atomic unit is the email, in Gcal the atomic unit is the appointment
In Dropbox, the atomic unit is the file
What is the atomic unit for a great teaching method?
Until educators can have an atomic unit for teaching that can be valued — and I mean in the millions — great teaching methods won’t be shared.
Something is broken in teaching if teachers are coming up with ideas alone and consistently reinventing the wheel over and over again.
Why? Today, the world doesn’t laude teachers when they have great ideas.
– We have genius engineers.
– We have genius scientists.
– We have genius entrepreneurs.
– We have genius doctors.
We do have genius teachers — but their genius is locked up in a single classroom, in a single school, benefiting very few.
We need the new atomic unit for great teaching methods that will inherently laude teachers in the same demeanor.
You can post a tweet, and instantly millions of people can retweet it.
Why can’t you share a teaching method that works? If you could, millions would benefit.