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How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

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The story of how 1 man is revolutionizing the education system. By putting out free videos online that students can watch and do problem sets at their own pace. The results are astonishing, with test scores and classrooms being turned on their heads (in a good way). An interesting look at how technology can provide for such an innovative solution to a complex problem - for FREE.
Khan Academy is an educational website that, as its tagline puts it, aims to let anyone “learn almost anything—for free.” Students, or anyone interested can watch 2,400 videos in which the site’s founder, Salman Khan, discusses principles of math, science, and economics.

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Created by ADamo 2 years 38 weeks ago – Made popular 2 years 37 weeks ago
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phonon 2 years 38 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago

It was pointed out by Balko at the agitator.

Even if Khan is truly liberating students to advance at their own pace, it’s not clear that the schools will be able to cope. The very concept of grade levels implies groups of students moving along together at an even pace. So what happens when, using Khan Academy, you wind up with a kid in fifth grade who has mastered high school trigonometry and physics—but is still functioning like a regular 10-year-old when it comes to writing, history, and social studies? Khan’s programmer, Ben Kamens, has heard from teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”

Mind boggling.

I read the entire article,

ADamo 2 years 37 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago

I read the entire article, and I was copy/pasting quotes left and right in emails to my friend (who referred the article to me) as well as in emails to some educators / people who work with kids that I know. I absolutely pasted that particular comment. It was quite telling. But the overall positive tone and results of the article are really, really inspiring.

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