Apprenticeship-based education system

  • Each person will be allowed to choose his "master" and be his apprentice (e.g. a high school student can choose an experienced software developer as a "master").
  • In exchange for education, the master will get cheap labour (e.g. manual QA, or even personal help like cleaning).
  • Down to this point, it is very similar to the apprenticeship model that was common in the later Middle Ages and came to be supervised by craft guilds and town governments.
  • Here's the difference: back then, a master had high motivation to make his apprentice a good craftsman because he would often get him to work for him later on. Today, this model is rare because of the wide volatility in workplaces, and because of big companies.
  • So as an extra incentive, masters should get a cut of their apprentice's wage for a few years after the apprenticeship is over, but only if a certain wage level is achieved.
  • Benefits
    • Cheaper education to be paid by students in the future and only if their education was successful.
    • Higher quality education achieved by one-on-one sessions.
  • Dangers
    • Misuse of students by charlatans.
    • Hard to measure quality of teachers (masters).
  • Solutions to dangers
    • A rating system measured by the amount of money transferred from graduates to masters.
    • The more money that is transferred, the better was the education because the apprentice earns more.
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