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A Better Way to Teach Online

Online teacher exploitation has become a growing problem in recent years as learning platforms have sought to maximize their profits at the expense of educators. While these companies have made record-breaking profits, teachers often lack equity when working for them and have no say in how things are run. This has had an increasingly adverse effect on the quality of education, as well as on the pay and job security of teachers.

MyCoolClass is a revolutionary way for independent freelance educators to work together to deliver quality online education without exploitation. Unlike other learning platforms, MyCoolClass is owned collectively by its teachers which enables them to gain more control over their own teaching business and enjoy greater autonomy in terms of wages, schedule, how the company runs, and you can even accumulate paid time off. Furthermore, they get the support they need from a community of educators.

The main advantage of MyCoolClass over traditional online teaching platforms is that it can provide both financial security and personal satisfaction to its members. Unlike most online teaching companies who take a large portion of educator’s earnings and limit control over the process, MyCoolClass offers a fairer split with members receiving 81% of the total income generated from students. Additionally, with MyCoolClass members can structure their classes around their own interests which allows for more creativity within instruction and better engagement with students.

Since it is worker-owned rather than being controlled by venture capitalists or outside investors, there is greater job security—something that is often lacking in traditional online learning platforms where teachers can be replaced easily with little notice given due to lack of legal protection. And finally, because it is a co-operative model there is more collaboration between members leading to better quality instruction along with improved access to resources and technology that would be too expensive for individuals acting alone.

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It’s clear that MyCoolClass offers many advantages over traditional online teaching companies in terms of financial security, autonomy in decision making, and increased control over one’s career trajectory. By enabling independent freelance educators to work together towards providing quality education free from exploitation, MyCoolClass not only helps create an equitable system but also offers an alternative approach towards delivering effective digital learning solutions worldwide.

Interested in reaching more students and taking your teaching career to the next level? Become a teacher member at MyCoolClass! Our growing platform is looking for talented teachers who want to make an impact. Click here to learn how you can join us today!

What’s in it for Me? – How a Teacher Cooperative can Benefit its Members

What’s in it for Me? – How a Teacher Cooperative can Benefit its Members

We all have our barometer to measure success in the workplace. Many of us are content to show up, perform our duties, and collect our wages, leaving the headaches to management. Then there are those of us who like to have some say in how things work, who want to have our hands firmly on the steering wheel. Still, there is a middle ground, where you can go about your day-to-day, without the pressures of managing a business, yet, have a say when it comes to how the business is run. If the 3rd option sounds good to you, perhaps a worker cooperative is what you’ve been looking for.

So, what exactly is a worker cooperative, and how can teachers benefit from one? Here are a few points to help you understand a teacher cooperative and why they very well may be the future of business.

 

Member Control

Cooperative members have a say in how the business is run and who runs it. Each member carries a voting share equal to any other member of the co-op. Regardless of the distribution of equity shares the co-op has issued, when it comes to voting each member holds a solitary vote. When it is time to elect a board of directors one member can’t swoop in with his or her majority stake and install their preferred candidate to ensure the profits keep rolling into their account without consideration to how the workers themselves are affected.

Of course, every detail of the company is not put to a vote. Some decisions must be made on the spot for any business to operate efficiently. It would be absurd to think that a vote should take place every time a department considered any initiative. Therefore, the board of directors is democratically selected by the members. The board can make the decisions that may be deemed beyond the capacity of a single department. This way, the needs of the members are represented without a limited number of owners or investors dismissing the needs of those that make the co-op successful to line their own pockets.

 

A Support Structure for Members

One of the 7 principles of the cooperative model is ‘’education, training and information”. This means that a cooperative has a responsibility to provide its members with adequate resources to assure members can best contribute to their cooperative, hence increasing the chance of success for the community. Whether it be information on how the cooperative operates in general or the necessary tools a member needs to be successful within the sector that the co-op does business, there is a support structure in place to help both the individual and the cooperative thrive.

 

Profits and Compensation

With a cooperative no silent investors are waiting in the wings, dictating how the company operates and hoarding surpluses to the detriment of workers. While it is possible to acquire capital from outside sources, the return on such investments is limited. The old way of slashing benefits, wages, and employees to maximize profits is left out of the equation. In a cooperative model, the money left over after business is conducted can be utilized in a manner which the cooperative community sees fit. Members can choose whether to roll that money back into the co-op to enhance the business or distribute said cash to the members as dividends. This allows said money to benefit those that earned it by putting it back into their communities, where it does the most good.

 

By Us, For Us

The work within a cooperative is performed by its members. Through collaboration on both new and existing projects members can contribute to the betterment of the co-op community. The idea is to utilize the talents and resources of the owners/members to feed the business. By limiting the use of outside contractors, costs are kept in line, and more cash flow can remain within the cooperative. Everybody wins…Except those that just wish to profit from others’ labor. Instead, that profit is returned to those that produced it.

 

These are just a few of the advantages of forming worker cooperatives. By putting the power back in the hands of those that make a business run the sky is truly the limit.

So, why have we chosen this model for MyCoolClass.com?

Shortly after starting their journeys into online teaching, co-founders John Hayes and Scott Anderson quickly realized that this industry is wrought with social injustice. Teachers are discriminated against due to where they were born, among other factors. They are penalized financially for situations that are often out of their control. The idea of any type of benefit coming from an employer is simply unheard of. No sick leave, vacation allowance, maternity leave… NOTHING. The only extra many of these online platforms offer is the fear of waking up to a message that you are no longer employed. No explanation, no recourse for teachers, nothing. Just a devastating kick to the gut, leaving capable, hardworking teachers wondering where their next paycheck will come from.

We hope that we can build this cooperative to remedy these injustices for as many teachers as possible and that others might follow our lead. We have no desire to monopolize this industry. Nothing would please us more than to find that our cooperative’s hard work set off an explosion of change in how online platforms treat their workers, benefiting not only teachers but their students and communities alike.

Read more about our vision at coop.mycoolclass.com and join the #TeacherRevolt today!

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