Are In-house Schools the Next Coworking Trend?
Does the future of coworking include in-house schools? If WeWork has its way, it just might.
In November, the company announced it was opening WeGrow, a private elementary school for “conscious entrepreneurship” inside a New York City WeWork. The pilot group of students will range from 5 to 8 years old. The kids will spend one day a week on a farm owned by WeWork Co founders Adam and Rebekah Neumann, and the other four days in a classroom.
The goal for the project is to rethink conventional education which Rebekah Neumann told Bloomberg, is “squashing out the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity that’s intrinsic to all young children.” She adds that then “somehow we’re asking them to be disruptive and recover that spirit” after college.
WeGrow has received criticism for encouraging kids to monetize their ideas. From the Neumann’s perspective, they’re offering young people a way to learn and grow in the same space as business-savvy entrepreneurs and mentors.
“Basically, anything they might want to learn” Rebekah has said, “we have people in the field that can teach it.”
Whether the coworking school takes off remains to be seen. WeWork has its hands in a lot of projects right now, including housing and co-living. The school launch is planned for Fall of 2018.
Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on coworking and community. She publishes the Coworking Out Loud Newsletter and has written for dozens of publications, including Shareable, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones and Lifehacker. Follow her on Twitter: @CatJohnson