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Call for "jobs stimulus" that subsidizes customized education

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In response to this site's question: “How should we collaborate with…businesses?”




The provision of said subsidies can be expected to:


* catalyze the creation of many jobs

* help children enjoy fuller development of their physical brains




Hello all,


I have developed a business plan for establishing a popular online market for customized education (CE). The plan has been praised by analysts at Microsoft, and top venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.


The plan is adapted at The site also expands on the plan to present a case for "jobs stimulus" that subsidizes consumers and producers of CE, and operators of associated online markets.


Excerpts from the site:


From NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, a 2009 book that appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for two months:


"“When a child gets to choose, they presumably choose activities they’re motivated to do [says Dr. Silvia Bunge, a neuroscientist at the University of California at Berkeley]. Motivation is crucial. Motivation is experienced in the brain as the release of dopamine. It’s not released like other neurotransmitters, into the synapses, but rather it’s sort of spritzed onto large areas of the brain, which enhances the signaling of neurons.” The motivated brain, literally, operates better, signals faster."


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From The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment To Equity Will Determine Our Future, a forthcoming 2010 book by Stanford professor and Obama education adviser Linda Darling-Hammond:


"21st-century schools should integrate new technologies for learning and create personalized structures for supporting students."


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Popular online markets for customized education (CE) can be expected to catalyze the creation of many jobs.


From a November 6, 2009 article in the Wall Street Journal:


"According to the Census Bureau, nearly all net job creation in the U.S. since 1980 occurred in firms less than five years old. A Kauffman Foundation report released yesterday shows that as recently as 2007, two-thirds of the jobs created were in such firms. Put more starkly, without new businesses, job creation in the American economy would have been negative for many years."


From a 2005 report by The Nielsen Company:


"By enabling entrepreneurs to start a business online and immediately reach a market of 157.3 million registered users worldwide, eBay has become the best place to start, grow and operate a small business."


Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen is the originator of the canonical Model of Disruptive Innovation, and a co-author of the 2008 book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. From Disrupting Class:


"Students need customized pathways and paces to learn.


...The second [phase of the disruption of standardized education] will be the emergence of a user network, whose analogues in other industries would be eBay..."


Stanford economist Paul Romer is the originator of New Growth Theory, which updates growth economics for the information age. From Romer’s entry on Economic Growth in the 2007 edition of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics:


“The country that takes the lead in the twenty-first century will be the one that implements an innovation that more effectively supports the production of new ideas in the private sector.”


“Perhaps the most important ideas of all are...ideas about how to support the production and transmission of other ideas...North Americans invented the modern research university...As national markets for talent and education merge into unified global markets, opportunities for important policy innovation will surely emerge.”


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Please contact me with any questions, etc.


Best regards,


Frank Ruscica

Frank at OpportuniTV dot com


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