SORA Learn and SORA Apprentice - Learn Freely

Learn Freely

SORA Learn and SORA Apprentice are disruptive social education systems derived from Adam Smith's educational reform proposal in the Wealth of Nations.

SORA Learn and Apprentice

"Most of the improvements made in several branches of philosophy were not made in universities.

"For a long time, several of those universities chose to remain the sanctuaries for exploded systems and obsolete prejudices after they had been hunted out of other parts of the world.. In general, the richest and best endowed universities were the slowest in adopting those improvements."
Adam Smith

Learn useful things and get employed, without the debt


The current certificate-based educational system allows people to get degrees without learning anything useful while the universities earn a lot. Such a system arose after the fall of the Roman Empire when power shifted to rent-seeking clergy and guilds which established the first centralized universities, which monopolized education and trade.



Apprentice

Students pay with their work

SORA Apprentice fixes training by bringing back the apprenticeship system espoused by Adam Smith, derived from the original Roman system of education. In this decentralized system, students are free to choose their teachers and pay with their own work as apprentices or the future value of their wages through income sharing agreements. In this way, education spreads freely, leading to a population more capable of advancing and prospering.

A young man’s education would be more effective, less tedious and expensive if he began working diligently as a journeyman. He would be paid in proportion to the little work he could do. ​

Wealth of Nations Book 1, Chap 10

Learn

Education in modules for customizing your skill set

While SORA Apprentice is for informal education, SORA Learn is for formal learning in universities and colleges. It splits learning into 1-month modules which end in a test or proof of learning, and can be mixed and matched with other modules from other colleges to create custom skill sets that are natural to each person. To find employment, one just has to find the jobs that require the modules that have been studied. In this way, students don't have to learn things that have no use and employers don't have to pay for unecessary educational expenses. Modules on morality, nationalism, life skills, etc can be mandated by law if needed.


In general, the discipline of colleges and universities is contrived for the interest or ease of the masters, not for the benefit of the students. ​

Wealth of Nations Book 5, Chap 1, Article 2

Connected to SORA Jobs and Pledge


Both SORA Apprentice and SORA Learn reduce the cost of education by connecting learning modules directly to industry and society through SORA Jobs. For those that cannot even afford this less expensive education, SORA Pledge is available to connect donors and investors to aspiring students. It allows income sharing agreements (ISAs) between students and investors, with oversight from the school being enrolled into. Unlike normal ISAs such as Purdue University's Back a Boiler Program, SORA Pledge is a crowdsourced and hyperlocal.

Learn more about SORA Pledge