An Inauguration of a Different Sort

Dear Mr. President,

A week ago you stood in front of the nation and spoke the following words:

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood . . . our schools fail too many . . . [But] we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.”

We at DreamBox Learning welcome your words. In fact, DreamBox Learning exists to be a key agent of transformative change in education, such that every student enjoys an individually-tailored, world class learning experience. We are doing our part by providing a web-based curriculum that is incredibly effective, fun, and highly individualized to a student’s particular learning needs. Our product will first be offered in the homes of some students, later in the schools for all students. In order to achieve that latter goal, we need your help. By ensuring that every student has access to a quality computer, thick broadband connectivity, a teacher that is trained to use technology, and a school system that embraces the power of software both in spirit and in budget, we are certain a difference can be made. In short Mr. President, if you provide the infrastructure and access, we will do our level best to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to meet the “demands of the new age.”

Mr. President, you also stated:

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”

Again, those words resonated for the DreamBox team. Today we celebrate the inaugural launch of our first product – DreamBox Learning K-2 Math. After three demanding and determined years, we stand ready to take our first step, not our last, in delivering on our promise so that children can take hold of theirs. We were humbled by the challenge but no less deterred. It was a simple recognition that someone had to; why not us? But as the hard charging and willful team here knows, any far-reaching goal needs to be grounded in bare-knuckled execution and a united ethos. We hope that these are the hallmarks of yours and our journey to success.

Lou Gray
CEO, DreamBox Learning, Inc.

  • So are you guys planning on making educational games for other ages, like middle school, high school or university? It kind of makes sense to start with the simple K-2 stuff, to help build a foundation, but at the same time it seems like the higher level math is what’s more important and harder to learn by osmosis, so to speak.

    Also, do you plan to branch out to other subjects beyond math, like the physical sciences or systems thinking?

    Glad to see more people and companies sprouting up with this sort of vision. Good luck. 🙂

  • Axcho,

    You ask some great questions! Over time, we do have plans to add more grades and more subjects. The exact reason we chose K-2 first is the exact topic of my upcoming blog.

    Thank you!


  • Thank you, I’ll be curious to read what you have to say about it. 🙂

    Using games to improve education is one of my big goals, so I like to see other people helping to make that happen. I am eager to see the tipping point when this approach becomes mainstream. 🙂