Why Is Mathalicious Raising Money on Kickstarter?

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, May 11, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I suppose it was inevitable that as the popularity of online learning resources increased there would be more and more of an association between making money and making resources. Hence the latest trend to use Kickstarter to fund the development of things like Mathalicious, a project to create 52 math videos in 52 weeks. They're asking for $164,000 Audrey Watters is asking - reasonably - why? With only $20K raised, the campaign is far from a success. "I have to wonder," says Watters, "if it's just another indication that how we fund education (or how we fail to fund education) -- whether it's with crowdfunding or with venture capital or with property taxes or with philanthropic donations -- is so very deeply flawed."

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