It’s a matter of pods and pod-nots.
Jason Calacanis, a tech investor in the Bay Area, tweeted that he’s hiring a teacher to lead a microschool of up to 7 kids in his backyard. He promised to “beat whatever they’re getting paid.”
To sweeten the deal, he’d toss in a $2k UberEats gift card as a referral bonus.
He wants to deliver… what??
Think of microschools — AKA pandemic pods — like premium homeschooling.
One expert said private teachers could earn $60k to $125k a year to lead a pod. The pod’s made up of students whose families (probably) take the same COVID precautions.
But microschool angst is a big mood
Some critics say Calacanis should keep his UberEats card — they wanna eat the rich.
“‘Microschool’ does a really good job of making ‘governess’ sound fresh and modern,” one tweeter shot back.
Others say microschools could leave kids from low-income families and students with disabilities behind.
Not everyone thinks it’s microfoolish
One teacher tweeted that pods could personalize instruction: “No bureaucracy. Know your students better. Teach broadly. More tutoring. Better feedback.”
Calacanis said he’ll offer merit-based scholarships to families who can’t afford to pay, and he’s interested in investing in microschool platforms.
A handful of them are already forming:
- Winnie, a day care search platform, now shows whether a facility accepts school-age children.
- CareVillage lets families share costs for tutors and other resources.
- Wonderschool helps preschool instructors open early child care centers. It just launched a program to create microschools.