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The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined Paperback – 30 Jul 2013
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"Since its founding in 2006, Sal Khan's project-the Khan academy-has revolutionized our thinking on the potential and promise of unfettered, open-access online education. In his new book The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his vision and blueprint for how online technology can, and should, play an integral role in educating communities across the globe, closing the opportunity gap and providing high-quality education for all."―Al Gore
"In this book, Salman Khan sheds light on how our current education system leaves a gap in every student's core knowledge. He found ways to fill this gap by encouraging differentness, fresh thinking and implementing creativity in the learning process. I strongly believe that all human beings have unlimited creative power. The role of education is to unleash that power. The way he relates the proper goal of education and the natural bent of the child is fascinating. He refers "natural bent" as the particular mix of talents and perspectives that makes each mind unique, and allows minds to be strikingly original. The way Khan portrays the concept of education and the mechanism of learning is revolutionary. This book is a must-read for those providing real education to our children in this new age of technology."―Muhammed Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, and the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
"Sal Khan's passion and innovation is transforming learning for millions of students worldwide. The One World School is a must-read for all who are committed to improving education so students everywhere can gain the skills and knowledge to be successful in school, careers and life."―George Lucas, Filmmaker and Founder of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, publisher of Edutopia
"I discovered Sal Khan and Khan Academy like most other people - by using these incredible tools with my own kids. Sal Khan's vision and energy for how technology could fundamentally transform education is contagious. He's a true pioneer in integrating technology and learning. I'm happy that, through this book, even more people will be introduced to this ground-breaking innovator."―Bill Gates, co-founder & Chairman, Microsoft
"The world dreams of education reform, and Sal Khan is delivering. His pioneering video lessons have brought the thrill of learning to millions. In this compelling book, he tells the remarkable story of Khan Academy, and explains the potential in students learning at their own pace and achieving true subject mastery."―Chris Anderson, TED Curator
"Sal Khan makes a powerful argument for fundamentally rethinking the way we teach and learn. THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE illuminates the tremendous potential for online, universaleducation to enable any child, anywhere in the world, to succeed-not only in school, but in shaping our future."―Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google
"Sal Khan is changing what we believe is possible in education. Through humor, charm, contagious enthusiasm and quiet brilliance, Sal Khan has made his lessons irresistible. Now, he brings those same gifts to explaining the revolutionary ideas behind Khan Academy. You'll adore this book because it's just like his lessons-approachable, good-hearted, smart, and ultimately profound. The story Sal tells is quite simply the story of what education will become... and indeed IS becoming, thanks to his example and to a generation of inspired teachers and intrepid education entrepreneurs."―Ted Mitchell, President and CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
"When you read this book, you will understand how the dignity of each student is addressed by education's visionary, Sal Khan."―Ann Doerr
"Sal Khan has developed the best and most cost-efficient way to use technology to bring high quality education, creativity and innovation to all countries, including the poorest."―Carlos Slim Helu
About the Author
Salman Khan was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to immigrant parents from India and Bangladesh. Before founding the Khan Academy, he was a hedge fund analyst. He's also worked in venture capital and engineering at Oracle and several Silicon Valley start-ups. Khan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was president of his class, and three degrees from MIT.
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Salman Khan of Khan Academy rocks.
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Kahn has the credibility of a successful model, a plan, and a winsome personality. This book was a joy to read-I read it in one sitting on a flight to India.
I am in the higher-end video production business and there is almost nothing with Kahn Academy videos that you would ever point to as the right way of doing anything-except for two things-they are cheap and they work. That's hard to beat. That they are quick and cheap meant that the idea could quickly scale. They work because Salman Kahn is a very good teacher and a warm, affable, and likeable guy.
I don't think that the quick and dirty approach will work for every subject-some subjects are visually rich, (think "Planet Earth") and some subjects don't lend themselves to being taught with simple little drawings.
I wish that Khan Academy was around when I struggled with 8th grade algebra. That was the beginning of the end of my interest in math. There were large chunks that I did not "get," and Kahn Academy would have been perfect for filling in the holes in what Kahn calls a "Swiss Cheese" education. I thought I was stupid.
Of course it did not help the learning process that I was a target for Jeff Warpel who sat in the back of the class and had the ability to spit about 15 feet by forcing saliva at high pressure between the space in his two front teeth. He could hit anyone at will in the back of the neck. Since I was a "behavior problem" I was in the front row where Mrs. Henning could keep an eye on me. Warpel took great delight honing in on a target just under the teacher's nose. Yes, that was a distraction to learning. Jeff, I forgive you. But I digress.
If you are interested in the subject matter like I am, this book is an absolute must-read. Godspeed Mr. Kahn!
My one gripe is: this conversation has to start including options for students who want to go into trades and not pursue higher education. This was the saddest part of teaching in a public high school. I had a student who was totally clear about what he wanted, and every day spent in traditional high school was a waste of his time. He wanted to be trucker and work in his family trucking and car detailing business. I wanted so badly to send him off with my blessing to do that, rather than pretend that he was getting something out of pretending to read Of Mice and Men. We in the US are squeamish about vocational education; it feels undemocratic, or elitist or something. The opposite is true. It's elitist to sweep this huge swath of American teens under the rug and act like their hopes and dreams aren't as good as their Harvard-bound classmate's. Some of the most motivated teenagers I know are never going to college, and they don't need to in order to meet their goals, their definition of 'success'. If success to you means becoming a plumber or carpenter or trucker or electrician or stone mason or hair stylist or massage therapist or chef or small business owner, our education establishment should support you. These people also need the real world experience, and specialized mentoring and training that Khan talks about for STEM-related subjects.