A $29 Million donation moves the dial for teachers in the trenches

Ask almost any of your highered colleagues if they have ever heard of Ripple, and most likely the answer will be no.  You can ask about blockchain, and you will probably receive a similar response.  Well, that’s about to change.

“In my 22 years of teaching, I have never witnessed such. It ignites my passion evermore to keep on keeping on. This is beyond amazing! I am unbelievably happy! My heart can’t not stop praising Our Lord!!!”

Sonya Hayes

Cryptocurrency Company Jolts Education

Ripple, only the third largest cryptocurrency, behind by miles in comparison to Bitcoin and Ethereum, just donated $29 million to all 35,000 different classroom teacher requests on the DonorsChoose web site.

The San Francisco-based Ripple envisions a world where making payments faster, more inclusive, and far more accessible to people around the world.  Likewise, DonorsChoose shares a similar philosophy in making education more accessible and inclusive for all students, starting with the teachers who know how to make that happen.  The donation by Ripple is thus far the single largest cryptocurrency donation to a non-profit, one that funds every single educational project on the web page.

As one teacher named Sonya Hayes stated: “In my 22 years of teaching, I have never witnessed such. It is so encouraging & ignites my passion evermore to keep on keeping on. I have always sought out inventive ways to reach my scholars and to usher them on to greater things. Being on that forefront daily, I witness dreams, desires, goals, successes, heartaches, burdens, and desperation.  This is beyond amazing! I am unbelievably happy! My colleagues, parents, and precious scholars will be screaming happy when I announce this tomorrow! My heart can’t not stop praising Our Lord!!!”

Ripple has partnered with giants American Express and Santander to accelerate cross-border payments through their blockchain (RippleNet) between the U.S. and the U.K.  If these two significant entities have jumped in, I’d say it’s not on it’s way, but already here.

If you think the elementary and secondary education community was not fully swayed by the power of cryptocurrencies and related technologies such as blockchain, I’d say we’re in for a massive mind-set shift in a community that is not often quick to change. Ben Corpus NCAA Ben Corpus University of Texas NCAA Ben Corpus NCAA NCAA NCAA Ben Corpus Baruch College NCAA Ben Corpus NCAA

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