EP 70 - Creating A School For Humanity
Feat. Raya Bidshahri, Founder of School of Humanity
This interview is part of the series of research interviews on the education crisis and how we can solve it. If you want to hear the other experts, please see our education thesis.
Raya Bidshahri went through the traditional education system and found it to be more than lack luster. She felt the purpose of education should be to equip learners with the competencies and mindsets that allow them to imagine, design and create an exciting future for themselves and humanity at large.
The problem was the system was not designed to due this. It was rampant with problems like emphasis on grades, lack of personalization, passive learning, lack of preparing students for uncertainty, and no emphasis on happiness or personal fulfillment.
So she first created the Awecademy to create sense of awe and wonder in students, which transformed into an award-winning organization that offers future-focussed and wisdom-based education.
But she knew only having supplementary high courses were not enough to truly change the system. She would have to create a new school that would be a model for others of what education could be.
Which led her to founding the School of Humanity.
School of Humanity's mission is to reinvent our global education system in order to better serve humanity. They see education as a tool to tackle the root causes of global issues. They develop curriculum and learning experiences that empower learners to live a meaningful life, and tackle global challenges.
What You Will Learn In This Episode
What's wrong with what, where, how, and why we are learning in schools
How regulation, higher education, and accreditation stifle education innovation
How to create personalized learning for students
How an education entrepreneur can go from idea to a full school
Why entrepreneurs should tackle problems that really piss them offon
and much more...
Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/70
Connect With Raya:
(00:00) - Introduction
(01:19) - Raya's experience in traditional schooling
(04:15) - School of Humanity's mission
(04:48) - What are the core problems of traditional education?
(07:46) - Why is there a lack of personalization in schools?
(09:34) - Are traditional schools unethical?
(11:32) - How do other stakeholders effect schools?
(14:05) - How are the trends from the future of work effecting education?
(16:19) - How does regulation stifle innovation in education?
(19:42) - What is the School of Humanity and how is it different?
(23:04) - What is the purpose of education?
(24:23) - How to create personalized learning paths for students
(29:06) - What are the 600 skills and competencies learners need in the 21st century?
(30:32) - What is existential intelligence and why should students develop it?
(33:34) - How to create competency based education
(37:38) - How to evaluate skills students are learning
(39:48) - A day in the life of a School of Humanity learner
(43:27) - How to explain radically new education models to others
(46:32) - Results from School of Humanity's model
(48:35) - How to build a vibrant online community for learning
(53:25) - Can AI help personalize learning in the future?
(55:55) - Why entrepreneurs should tackle problems that really piss them off
(59:12) - Raya's prior startup Aweacademy
(1:00:03) - How an education entrepreneur can go from idea to a full school
(1:09:37) - Must hear advice for founders
(1:12:06) - Closing