The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
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A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.
Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.
In THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things:
How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago
Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important
How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals
How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning
Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.
Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.
More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.
asking—questions that examine some of our longest-held educational habits and assumptions, and are therefore quite threatening to the educational establishment. Let’s start with a line of inquiry so deceptively simple that it seems to be a tautology, but in fact reveals some of the contradictions and misconceptions regarding homework: Why was homework designed to be done at home? Different people will give you different answers. Some believe it was to teach students responsibility,
realization that the site was down had a strange effect on me; it made me very calm. Before that, I’d been a nervous wreck, wondering what gave me the gall to believe I could change the way education happens with my rather rustic, handcrafted videos and software. Now I realized that I had no chance. A guy comes to show off his website, except that he has no website. What a loser! Accepting defeat before I even started, I went into the meeting equipped with an old-fashioned slideshow and the
decisions, in turn, transformed the Peninsula Bridge experience into a fascinating and in some ways surprising test case. The first decision was the question of where in math the kids should start. The Academy math curriculum began, literally, with 1 + 1 = 2. But the campers were mainly sixth to eighth graders. True, most of them had serious gaps in their understanding of math and many were working below their grade level. Still, wouldn’t it be a bit insulting and a waste of time to start them
fewer hours so that more time would be left for other kinds of learning. Learning by doing. Learning by having productive, mind-expanding fun. Call it stealth learning. Summer camp seemed a perfect testing ground for these other aspects of education. Our camps were therefore largely built with an emphasis on real projects that would in turn illustrate underlying principles. If that sounds a little dry and abstract, let me bring it home with a vivid example. Much of our time at the camps was
peer-to-peer tutoring and one-on-one time with teachers. But let’s come back to the rest of the students. Twenty kids out of a hundred are working at computers, with one of our team teachers circulating among them, answering questions, troubleshooting difficulties as they occur. The feedback and the help are virtually immediate, and the twenty-to-one ratio is augmented by peer-to-peer tutoring and mentoring—a central advantage of the age-mixed classroom. What of the other eighty students? I