There is no single answer when it comes to improving education, just as there is no denying the fact that it can and must be done better.
Perhaps, however, there is one simple, guiding theme. Innovation.
Sophia began with the premise that there are millions of great ideas, methods, lessons and people who can contribute to our society’s goal of spreading knowledge and making education better and more effective.
Sophia aims to enable innovation. We want to connect learners to teachers, teachers to other teachers, learners to other learners, parents to tutors, tutors to teachers, and so on. We want to build a community outside the traditional classroom where everyone has access to information taught in a way that makes sense to them.
The world now has devices, bandwidth and web-based tools that, for the first time in history, make it possible for anyone to teach anyone else, regardless of geography or status. We all have the potential to be contributors, not just consumers. Sophia’s mission is to fuel that transformation and be the hub of innovation.
My view is simple: everyone knows something. Maybe it’s a mnemonic device for remembering the American presidents, and maybe it’s an advanced theory in quantum physics. Regardless, why can’t it be captured and shared with someone else in search of that knowledge?
An oversimplification, yes. And I certainly don’t have all the answers.
We created Sophia because we believe you do.
- Don Smithmier, CEO