Traditional education is rapidly changing. The days of paying the highest price for the best education is gone. The world is open and that doesn’t apply anymore. Today I’m going to give you an educational hack that will allow you to learn anything.
What is a time bank?
A Time Bank is a community system where people can exchange their skills and services without money, usually with a focus on building relationships within the local community. Each member lists the skills and services that they have. For every hour they spend teaching, they gain a “banked” hour to spend learning. Time banks are an incredible pool of human capital that you can take advantage of for free. By using them, you learn new things, meet new people, and put yourself in the position of both learner and teacher.
You can check out the whole article from Uncollege here.
So how is this an educational hack?
What’s the shortest distance between two points? A straight line. Let’s say you always wanted to learn how to bake chocolate chip cookies. You can learn through a very methodical method of building foundation and taking many steps that eventually get you there. This way will teach you how to cook many things by the time you complete this process. Most structured educational experiences function this way. Traditional education wants to provide a well rounded experience.
If you knew a person that bakes great chocolate chip cookies and convince them to show you how to make them you will learn it in no time. That is why this is a hack. There are communities of people willing to exchange skills. Traditional learning can provide too much information for special cases like this. For a modest investment of time, you can efficiently learn what you want faster.
Communities of people… I don’t believe you?
Yes, there are many groups dying to get more members. New users increases the overall availability of skills. This is great because a user of the time bank can learn more. Check out this search (US only) if you still don’t believe me.