An old November 14, 2011 issue of Time Magazine caught our attention last week in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. Most time-worn, old magazines hardly grab the attention, but this one was different. Unfortunately, as is often the case with magazines in doctors’ offices, the first integral pages were missing of the article “Education Can Save Us” but we were so fascinated by the discussion of the Khan Academy, that we further explored it later on-line. It is simply amazing! Here is the Youtube introduction:
This FREE stockpile of lesson plans is well worth the attention of parents, teachers and students! We were looking at the lessons in beginning arithmetic. Some people complained about the lessons being a bit on-the-back-of-a-napkin crude, but considering how it all came about, it still helps students learn by drilling on the basics. Here is an article How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education by Clive Thompson from wired.com that explains how it evolved.
You can peruse the website without logging in. If you want to track your progress, you will need a Google or Facebook account as explained on the Getting Started page.
By the way, I found the missing pages (as well as the rest) of the article “Education Can Save Us” on-line as “When will we learn?” here by Fareed Zakaria.