Monday, September 3, 2012

Khan Academy

While American's celebrate Labor Day, the traditional end of summer, the rest of the world must earn their daily bread. To assist your efforts, I'll share one of the more interesting things I've come across in a while, better late than never. The first part is a video from the television program 60 Minutes.



The segment is about Khan Academy, a non profit, web based educational tool. Their mission is "to provide a free world class education to anyone anywhere. I despised almost every day I ever spent in a classroom, this may have made a difference.


Khan's approach to education is Competency ie Mastery based vs traditional, bell curved General Education. The debate over which is better has raged for decades. Your answer will depend upon who's ox is being gored, your child's or your school.

Enjoy.
Toad

5 comments:

GP said...

Our stepson left behind engineering for youtube video gaming. He hated school and university was no better. Self-taught himself to animate, worked with friends... now he is happy, etc. For some, independent learning and online classes are ok. Maybe the hybrid model of the Khan Academy is an alternative worth offering some students.

GP said...

Our stepson left behind engineering for youtube video gaming. He hated school and university was no better. Self-taught himself to animate, worked with friends... now he is happy, etc. For some, independent learning and online classes are ok. Maybe the hybrid model of the Khan Academy is an alternative worth offering some students.

Living Life in the Lowcountry said...

I happened to catch this last night! As a former educator, I LOVE it!

ADG said...

Saw it last night. The guy is amidst the creation of an incredible legacy. I got choked up listening to one little kid talk about his re-ignited college dreams. Courtesy of Khan. But then again, I get kinda misty when the wind blows.

Toad said...

My uncles were said to cry over a good steak, I too know the feeling.