The education system in the West is broken.

Expensive

Education costs a fortune.

Lacking value

Little of what you learn in formal education is useful in the real world.

Obedience

Formal education is more about teaching obedience than imparting knowledge.

Infantilisation

Young people are increasingly infantilised rather than led towards self-sufficiency.

Times are changing.

We believe that profession-specific skills such as plumbing, bookkeeping, farming and underwriting will become less and less important over the course of the 21st century.

Education needs to change with them.

Automation, robotics and the pace of economic change will make investing time into learning these skills less valuable than it was in the last century.

The purpose of education should be to ensure that individuals are happy, self-sufficient, and socially useful.

Happy

Because if you’re materially successful but unhappy, that counts as a failure in our book.

Self-sufficient

Because if you can’t look after yourself, you can’t be of any use to yourself or anyone else.

Socially useful

Because we live in an interdependent society where we all benefit by seeking win-win exchanges with each other.

Welcome to the education of the future.

At Universal Owl, we believe that it is possible to define meta-skills  — in other words skills behind skills — that have been universally valuable for all of recorded history and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. These meta-skills help individuals succeed in life, no matter their chosen path.

It’s time for education to be taken out of the ivory tower with all of its expensive, useless, academic theories. Learning meta-skills should be the focus of education.

To achieve this, we will:

1. Publish exceptionally valuable free content that would have helped us when we were young adults.

2. Create world-class online courses that take people further than the free content. (Coming Autumn 2020)

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Disclaimer

There are some people who think that problems in the education system can only be solved by political means. We disagree. 

This project is strictly non-political. We will avoid commenting on the politics of education as far as possible.

We believe that involving politics in the education of young people causes more problems than it solves.