Markets in everything: even teaching

by on June 30, 2006 at 4:14 am in Education | Permalink

For all those teachers who take work home at night, creating lessons they hope kids will like, the reward is a good day in class. Now there could be another payoff: cash. Teachers are selling their original lectures, course outlines and study guides to other teachers through a new Web site launched by New York entrepreneur Paul Edelman.

The site, teacherspayteachers.com, aims to be an eBay for educators. For a $29.95 yearly fee, sellers can post their work and set their prices. Buyers rate the products.

"It’s a way to pat teachers on the back, to value what they do," Edelman said. "They create the material night after night. The best way to value that is to put a price on it."

…Need a lesson about the history of China? How about a way to teach the Industrial Revolution through documentary photography? Or a manual for organizing a poetry slam?

They’re all for sale. Many of the items go for only a dollar or so.

Here is the link; they don’t yet seem to have economics.  For the pointer, thanks to BZ from Portugal.

save_the_rustbelt June 30, 2006 at 9:56 am

The Internet could revolutionize many different publishing areas, especially by selling segments.

Why should I buy a 400 page reference book if I am interested in one chapter? Why buy from a major publisher if someone else has better materials?

Michael Giesbrecht June 30, 2006 at 1:12 pm

The work I do at home, in the field of work my employer has hired me to do, belongs to my employer, as stipulated in my employement contract. Teachers don’t have such terms in theirs?

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