David Perell

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Education is broken. Here is what the future of education will look like: Teaching will become an extremely lucrative profession. Salaries will follow a power law. The best teachers will make millions of dollars per year and teach thousands of students per year.

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My love of learning began once I stopped going to school

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The smartest people I know are mostly self-educated.

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The future of education. Some predictions: 1. Home schooling will be extremely common 2. The stigma around tutoring will disappear. 3. The best independent online teachers will make more than of $1 million per year. A billion dollar business will be built in each space.

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Childhood education is broken. Let kids be kids Give kids the space to follow their curiosities, discover their intellectual passions and learn on their own. They should be challenged, but never in danger.

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The state of online learning: 1) YouTube will eat the low-end of the market. 2) People will pay 5-15x more for live courses. 3) The three biggest competitive advantages are the personality of a creator, the warmth of the community, and the quality of the student experience.

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No business school would ever teach a humor class, but being funny is more helpful than the majority of things you learn in an MBA

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The school system is a training ground for the jobs you don’t want to have

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All the smartest people I know have mastered the art of teaching themselves

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Just because you’re good at school, doesn’t mean you’re good at learning

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If you want to learn writing, skip class and start a blog. If you want to learn marketing, skip class and build a business. If you want to learn psychology, skip class and spend a day in a casino. Reality is the world’s best classroom.

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Online education is growing fast. It's harder to sell a course than build one: The top online schools are run by people with the largest audiences, not necessarily the best teachers. But building an audience trains you to teach.

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One of the biggest flaws of our school system is that the majority of students hate reading by the time they graduate

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The future of education looks like Y Combinator.

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Most content is geared towards entertaining the average instead of educating the intelligent

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The #1 job of a teacher is not to instill knowledge, but to make their students excited about learning in the first place.

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A three-step formula for teaching anything: 1) Explicitly state the audience’s flawed assumptions. 2) Tell a memorable story that illustrates your alternative perspective. 3) Explicitly state the takeaways from your story, and show how your way of thinking is more useful.

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Academia killed the polymath

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Teachers should train like athletes. They should have coaches, watch themselves on video, and study the science of teaching. So obvious, but I‘ve never met a teacher who does all these things. Online education will change that.

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Schools are closing. Thousands of teachers will be teaching online for the first time in their lives, and students deserve to keep learning. Bring extra energy: You need extra energy when you’re teaching online. Turn up your energy by 50%.

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School: A system designed to make geniuses feel insane.

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We force kids to blindly follow the syllabus and pursue hobbies only to help them get into college, but wonder why so many people in their 20s say "I don't know what I want to do with my life"

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Wikipedia is one of the best inventions of all-time. The vast majority of people would benefit from turning off the TV, closing their Internet tabs, throwing away the newspaper, and reading Wikipedia instead. Wikipedia is a top-tier education. In your pocket. For free.

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If I ran an investment fund, I’d have a simple thesis: • People are increasingly willing to pay for productivity software. • Online learning is about to explode because we’re losing faith in the traditional college system. • It’s becoming easier to monetize social capital.

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One of the biggest problems with school is we teach theory before practice, when we should really be teaching practice before theory

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The education system is mostly designed to produce college professors

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Why online education is taking off: 1) Video conferencing finally works well. 2) The rage against student loans is rising. 3) Big online education companies are throwing big money at advertising and normalizing it for everybody. Online education is an obvious long-term trend.

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Free startup ideas: ∙ Replace LinkedIn with a global, portfolio-first job board. The platform should actually help you find jobs. ∙ A school where people graduate with a profitable business. ∙ Matching service for personal assistants who handle all chores and mundane tasks.

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School: No notes. No Internet. No calculators. Real-life: Unlimited notes, unlimited Internet, unlimited calculators.

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~ Prediction time ~ Two things that will be radically different in ten years: 1) Homeschooling: Home schooling will become much more common as the social stigma around it disappears. 2) Cooking: Food delivery will skyrocket due to cloud kitchens and self-driving cars.

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Online education is a rocket ship. Some second-order effects: 1) Somebody will build a billion-dollar homeschooling business. 2) Teachers will look more and more like entrepreneurs. 3) Online education and remote work will mirror each other and accelerate both trends at once.

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Most college professors care more about their research than teaching students

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Conventional wisdom says that more education is better. But I think we need less. People should be able to find their first jobs with 12-18 months of vocational training. Then, once they're financially stable, we should encourage them to continue their education.

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The fastest way to become an expert is to create your own field of study

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Online education will create winner-take-all classes. The best teachers for popular subjects will spend millions on high-quality production. As they dominate the market, they’ll invest more and attract even more students. Like the rest of the Internet, the big will get bigger.

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The Internet will make most teachers obsolete, but make the best ones wealthy by giving them free distribution and global reach

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We’ve turned our schools into chambers of stress and wonder why our kids don’t like learning

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School didn’t teach you how to write online. Here’s how writing online is different from what you learned. in school. 1. Distractions are everywhere: 90% of writing well is not getting distracted by the Internet. Put your phone away. Turn off the Internet. Focus on the words.

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Tests in school should be open-note, just like real life

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Future of education thoughts: 1) Most people struggle to learn on their own, so online learning should be social. 2) Teachers are educators and entertainers. In an age of infinite choice, bored learners will leave. 3) The best teachers will teach millions of students per year.

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My biggest financial goal right now is having the means to hire a personal tutor for everything I want to learn.

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The childhood education I wish I had: • 1 hour of STEM tutoring • 1 hour of Humanities tutoring • 1 hour of organized sports Supervised play and projects the rest of the day because most kids aren’t meant to sit in a classroom for 6 hours per day.

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Schools are moving online. Ship Fast, Ship Often: Traditional school is too passive. Students learn best when they make things. The more students create, the faster they’ll learn.

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If I went back to college, I’d start a simple business. I’d do something students don’t want to do: • Wash & Fold Laundry • House Cleaning • Food delivery service All simple. All in-demand. Running a business is the best education there is.

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Leaked emails will teach you more about business than most business books

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YouTube is the world’s biggest school. For years, I’ve picked long-term learning projects and watched an educational video whenever I had free time. Better yet, the algorithmic recommendations fuel your learning. First I taught myself economics. Now I’m learning art history.

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The more self-motivated you are, the less you have to pay for education

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The weirdest part about college: everybody fought for the same boring jobs. We trained to become investment bankers and management consultants. Most people in my class abandoned their dreams before graduation — and caved to corporate demands. As a society, we need to fix this.

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Building stuff and writing essays is the best way to educate yourself.

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How Online Course Marketing Works Start with an audience: Online education is a marketing business. The success of your course depends on the quality of your audience.

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