Our kids need your help.
We live in a economically distraught area. We want businesses to flourish here, but that’s rare. We want to give our kids the best education and best hope for their lives, but it’s difficult.
We feel forgotten.
People tell us all the time education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. They tell us technology is the secret to growth and prosperity. They tell us to learn technology. Learn to code. Learn to make apps. Build your future.
We hear this a lot. The reality is our kids don’t have access to these teachers or classes. No one’s going out of their way to teach our kids coding.
Our kids are smart. Really smart. But without the right tools and right education, just being smart isn’t good enough.
So we’re going to make our own technology education platform. And we need your help to do it.
We want to build a learning platform that’s a game to keep our kids engaged. We’ll base it on the science of spaced repetition and interval learning. And it’ll be fun and both competitive and collaborative.
We’ve looked at the different options for learning coding and technology, and we’re going to build something big and different and exactly what our kids want: something fun, compelling, relatable, and relevant to their lives. After going through the entire curriculum, they’ll come out with solid skills that can use in the real world.
Our system won’t need a pedigreed teacher. The platform will guide the kids and they’ll learn on their own.
If your community is like ours, then we want your kids to have this for free. We know many of you face the same issues we do.
We need your help to build this. We need your support. Please donate today.
All funds go to the non-profit North Heights Advisory Committee and they are tax-deductible.
Thank you, from all of us and from all of our children.
Fact: The US education system was not built to deal with extended shutdowns like those imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fact: Teachers, administrators, and parents have worked hard to keep learning alive; nevertheless, these efforts are not likely to provide the quality of education that’s delivered in the classroom.
Fact: The persistent achievement disparities across income levels and between white students and students of black and Hispanic heritage are increasing.
Concern: School shutdowns could not only cause disproportionate learning losses for these students—compounding existing gaps—but also lead more of them to drop out.
Concern: This could have long-term effects on these children’s long-term economic well-being and on the US economy as a whole.
Dollars and Sense: Data indicates that these discrepancies in the education of minority children impacts the US economy in as much as a $525 billion dollar a year reduction in the US GDP. Further, discrepancies in the education of economically disadvantaged children has up to a $670 billion dollar impact on the US GDP. We must act now to prevent these losses from growing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the closing of schools across the country. The children that are subject to the chronic learning loss gaps are at even greater risk with schools being closed for extended periods of time in addition to the loss experienced during summer. (https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-sector/our-insights/covid-19-and-student-learning-in-the-united-states-the-hurt-could-last-a-lifetime#)
Our Solution: We want to build a solution that allows children/youth go learn computer programming and technology through game theory learning and competition. The greatest feature is this system does not require specialized instruction or pedigreed instructors to teach the kids. They teach themselves. The kids can participate from anywhere in the world. They also get to decide which skills on which they want to focus. Further, this same system could be modified to teach a variety of skills including reading, mathematics, languages and so much more.
Why $150,000.00? We insist on paying our development team a living wage and it is going to take a large team to do it in order to have the system available to children/youth as we return to school in the fall (whether in person or virtually). This tool would provide students and teachers an opportunity to enhance the learning experience for economically disadvantage students and help them overcome the large gap they have and continue to face.