March 12, 2012

Worried about the Future of Education? Here’s the Answer. {Video}

This solution has it all—universality, adaptability, scalability, relatively low cost, results driven, no trouble for unions, enhances all teachers’ performance, “in” with kids, etc., etc.

Khan Academy: The future of education?

With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports.

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Nathan Mar 13, 2012 9:38am

It's AN answer and it might be part of a larger system of reform. Interestingly, I was recently directed to this, which looks like it is in the same vein: http://epgy.stanford.edu/ohs/ and also this: http://www.udacity.com/.

I think that online education is potentially great: especially the idea of "flipping the classroom." We know that the biggest factor (at least at the Community College, where I am) in student success is engagement. By enabling greater resources for online instruction and "going at your own pace" facilitates engagement.

I think you still need to have the brick and mortar structures with teachers to provide additional structure and support.

Hilary Lindsay Mar 13, 2012 9:17am

It is reassuring to see this. I had seen it on 60 minutes. What a spectacular service. And I agree that this is a real coming into the future with grace.

Lorin Mar 12, 2012 4:08pm

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