Waiting for Superman. Stop Waiting.

The new film Waiting for Superman has been a hot button topic in the news, and I think brings to light a number of worthwhile issues—most notably, that we need to stop waiting and start acting.

The film is about a hidden catastrophe and untapped potential. If we are struggling to provide elementary education in the United States—one of the most privileged countries in the world—how can we bring higher education to struggling nations?

At University of the People, we are aiming to do just that, but this does not diminish the urgency of access to education from day one. Our students may not share a common nationality, race or religion, but they do share a common dream and the unwavering drive to learn.

How can we expect children and teenagers to develop this drive without the proper foundation? We must cultivate an environment where education is valued and families do not have to seek alternatives to abysmal local schools.

What is the school system like in your country?


About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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1 Response to Waiting for Superman. Stop Waiting.

  1. megan says:

    Hi…as an American, the school system here is struggling, to say the least. As you said, we cannot expect successful citizens without a strong foundation. One pillar of the foundation, I believe, are the teachers.

    That is why I created The Teacher Refresh Project, to refresh teachers AND the teaching profession on whole.


    Feel free to contact me at teacherrefresh@gmail.com.

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