In the book Reality is Broken, author Jane McGonigal explores the video game industry and the discoveries it has made about human emotions.
Researchers have found that people get a feeling of euphoria when watching another person play a game and win - but only if they have coached that person in the game itself.
McGonigal uses the Yiddish word naches, which means "vicarious pride," to describe this phenomenon. It appears to be hardwired into our brains.
We derive pleasure from teaching and watching our students succeed. How does that jibe with our current debates on education? What would a system look like that maximizes this fundamental human emotion?
I'm an entrepreneur and I teach math, history, economics, and fitness. I'm looking for arguments.