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May 25, 2011

Screw College. Save Your Money and Learn More. ~ Sara Bruskin

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Kahn Academy rescues people from the woes of established academia.

The university experience has been bashed for everything from its elitist mentality to its exorbitant cost. There are many students who emerge from college with nothing but a diploma and a pile of debt, feeling no more prepared for the corporate world than they were after high school.

James Altucher has already outlined 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Send Your Kids to College. If you are set on getting all that fancy learnin’ though, Kahn Academy acts as a helpful alternative, or as a supplemental form of tutelage to aid in college studies.

An online source of tutorials and practice exercises, Kahn Academy provides a place to learn at your own pace no matter where you are, or how desperately you want to avoid student loans.

A little about them, taken from the Kahn Academy website:

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.

What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Rather than aimlessly searching online for a random teacher’s study guide that was made for a tenth-grade class in Iowa, students and lifelong learners alike can use Khan Academy to get a leg up on learning… for free!

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Sara Bruskin recently graduated from the University of Colorado, and is working as an intern for Colorado Common Cause, and elephantjournal.com.

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