After getting my physics PhD in 2018 and landing a job as a college lecturer I was excited. It was a goal I had set for myself nearly 10 years ago. There were many twists and turns on my way here. Watching a student go from not believing in themselves, failing a midterm, to getting an A on an exam is the most rewarding feeling I’ve ever experienced. Meeting and interacting closely with gen Zers 2-8 hours a week in office hours has given me hope in humanity’s future. I genuinely feel lucky and privileged to have had this opportunity to make a positive impact on a young persons life. Whether I did that or not, well… I hope so. I tried my best at least ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
However, times have changed. And even though I never thought this would happen, as of a couple days ago, I’ve given my official resignation, and will be leaving my position in academia once this semester is over.
In my view the educational system as it stands is fatally flawed. Let’s not get into all the specifics. There’s nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. In fact it gets kind of depressing thinking about it. Instead I am “voting with my feet” and leaving to be part of something that I hope is the beginning of something much better. It’s mainly because of all the support you guys have given me thus far that I have the courage to do this, so whether you sign up or not, thank you (really).
I’m thinking of teaching a course: “Intro to Cryptocurrencies - Crypto 101”. I think cryptocurrencies and their associated technologies have the potential to change the world for the better more than any other technology that’s out there. I’ve become addicted to learning about it. I’ll start with a small beta cohort of students (roughly 100) so I can perfect the material. It will be offered through a new Cohort Based Courses platform that I’m really excited about and has incredibly inspiring people working on it (such as the former co-founder of Udemy). The course will last about a month and it will be discounted to $700.
Now you’re thinking “Chris… I’m in high school, I’m a broke ass college student, where tf do you think I’m gonna come up with $700, not to mention spend it on taking a course with your physics educated self talking about crypto”. Ok, fair. Yes, very fair. But please, before you rightfully unfollow, block, and report me on all social media platforms I implore you to read my “Influencer Apology Video”™ in text form:
All the actual content of the course will be posted for free or for very cheap once the course is complete for self learning if you are really very interested but can’t afford to be part of the live course.
If this beta course goes well, the price will probably increase based on average price ranges for other courses being offered on this platform right now. So this is an “early bird” price.
Lastly, and most importantly, this course is going to be a very serious endeavor involving a huge time commitment from me (and you). We will be in a small live online classroom together for multiple hours per week and this will very much be a community thing. There will be coaches, TAs, the whole deal. A big part of this will be about building a learning community, motivating each other, and keeping each other accountable to learn about cool new stuff that will have and already has had a positive effect on humanity. Perhaps, I hope, some lifelong friendships will be made as well!!
If you’re interested in this course, here’s an application form (all educational levels welcome): https://t9c6utmckw4.typeform.com/to/aqmYR9SA Although filling this application out isn’t a hard commitment or anything like that from your end, please only fill it out if you think this is something you might actually commit to. I can only accept 100 students so that the course retains a community feeling. I’m also very open to other course topic suggestions. This will probably happen around April-May. Maybe we can push it to Summer if it works better for people.
If not, that’s OK, I understand. I realize I’m pricing some (most) of you guys out here and that’s why I’m making this announcement to just my email followers. I’m going to keep making my very “educational” TikToks, YouTube videos (eventually…), and this email blog post thing that I plan on using more will remain free as well.
It might not work out in the end just because in order for this type of thing to work on this platform right now, the price needs to be around this range, which is not conducive to most of you guys who follow me (student aged). And that’s OK if it doesn’t. But I thought I’d throw it out there anyways because I really believe this type of setup is the future of how education should and will work.
Otherwise, I guess I’ll just put my Venmo in my bio or something and hope for the best or maybe actually get around to making more YouTube videos :).
If you have any questions just respond to this email, and I’ll do my very best to reply :)
All the best,