Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe Nov. 29, 2019 1 min read

1/ Prediction + IDEA

The BEST teachers I’ve personally had—
(and observed as Chair of a school with 1,000+ scholars)

have been passionate PERFORMERS of their subject.

The ‘mute’ genius half of Penn & Teller @MrTeller was a Greek + Latin teacher before taking to the stage...

2/ There were 496 scripted TV shows made in last year—
2x the 216 series made 10yrs ago in 2010.

IF + WHEN the arms race in the Streaming Wars between Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Hulu, HBO, AMC, Apple + more...abates.

THEN there may be an ABUNDANCE of talented out of work actors..

3/ SOME but NOT ALL academic subjects lend themselves to ‘performance’—

curricula learned + performed passionately
can captivate + enthrall a student
just as an incredible theatric or movie performance may

Classroom setup could be
PASSIONATE PERFORMER paired w/ content expert

4/ It is a testable hypothesis.

Would a teacher who (for ex.) trained + learned Social Studies + gives a lecture—always perform better than an actor who was given curricula script to “perform”?

Might the latter engage students + make the content more memorable + exciting?

5/ This is NOT to devalue teachers nor public schools. My mother was a lifelong public school special-ed teacher + teacher trainer, I cofounded + chair a public charter school, and went to all public schools + believe teachers are heroes.

I just wish I had more that inspired me

You can follow @wolfejosh.


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