Silicon Valley is rich; the public sector is not. It’s not hard, in that context, to imagine a future in which parents, looking for help raising their children, start to depend more on well-funded, for-profit tech companies and less on long-standing but financially strapped institutions like public schools and social-service providers. The potential problem with this is that businesses — unlike government and nonprofit institutions — are built to put profits first, not social good.
In his Ted Talk, Josh Kaufman believes that you don’t need 10,000 hours in order to master a skill. As Kaufman elaborates, the key is to embrace the first 20 hours, and learn the most important subset skills within that time frame to get the maximum amount of impact.