“You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything! For free. For everyone. Forever.” ― Khan Academy
”No ads, no subscriptions. We are a not‑for‑profit because we believe in a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We rely on our community of thousands of volunteers and donors.” This is exactly what Khan Academy does.
I’ve recently read The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan. I must admit that before reading it, I knew only a few things about the real purpose of this platform and about the story behind it.
Start with the conclusion
“I believe that where there are problems, there are also solutions. If Khan Academy proves to be even part of the solution to our educational malaise, I will feel proud and privileged to have made a contribution.” Salman Khan
In only a few words we can talk about the big difference that we can make through our bold actions. The cost of inaction is too high to just sit and wait. Salman Khan wanted a better educational future adapted to our time and technology. His device is to offer educational resources for free, to everyone on this planet, forever.
by Roman Mager
Everything started with a Skype with his cousin, then with some video lessons posted on Youtube and continued with thousands of this kind of video lessons and thousands of testimonials from people that discovered the platform and gave an excellent feedback!
“What was truly startling was the reception the lessons received from students whom people had given up on, and who were about to give up on themselves. It made me realise that if you give students the opportunity to learn deeply and to see the magic of the universe around them, almost everyone will be motivated.”
Reading this book I realised that, actually, I am also looking to share his vision about education through Teach One World and I truly believe that these kind of initiatives are the starting point of a new educational paradigm. Here are some main ideas from the book that you should be aware of:
The Spirit of the One Room Schoolhouse
“The school I envision would be a place where mistakes are allowed, tangents are encouraged, and big thinking is celebrated as a process – whatever the outcome might turn out to be.”
by Charlie Foster
Teaching as a Team Sport
”Surrounded by a sea of kids, the teacher is like a lone rock in a bay…This should change so that teachers can have some if the practical and emotional benefits that pertain in nearly every other profession – the chance to help each other, lean on each other when necessary, to mentor and be mentored by colleagues.”
by Abigail Keenan
Ordered Chaos is a Good Thing
”The ideal classroom, in my opinion, would look and sound quite different. As I’ve said, I would group together as many as a hundred students of widely varying ages… And while nooks and alcoves within this imaged school might be perfectly quiet for private study, other parts would be bustling with collaborative chatter.”
The Future of Transcripts
”Given that there are not enough resources available to give every person extensive postgraduate training in his or her first choice of career, how do we decide who gets to be a doctor or an architect or an engineer?”
by Yolanda Sun
What College Could Be Like
”The starting point of this discussion is a very basic disconnect between most students’ expectations for college – a means to employment first and a good intellectual experience second – and what universities believe their value is – an intellectual and social experience first, with only secondary consideration to employment.”
BY Dave Meier
”If we are to bring education into the twentieth century – still less the twenty-first! – we need to radically rethink the whole idea of summer vacation…As currently conceived, summer vacation is a monumental waste of time and money. Around the world, tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in education infrastructure – school buildings, labs, gymnasiums – sits vacant or the very least seriously underutilized.”
by Michal Parzuchowski
Something that at the beginning seemed crazy, now is one of the biggest educational platforms on Earth! Find out more about Khan Academy directly on their website.
”I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain
Source: The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined – 2013 by Salman Khan