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The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (edition 2012)

by Salman Khan

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Title:The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
Authors:Salman Khan
Info:Twelve (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
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The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan

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This is an important book, and Mr. Khan deserves all the accolades and respect that are being accorded him.

This is an important book because it makes the case that knowledge can be conveyed as well by digital media as by human teachers. The book describes very clearly the importance of this point in imagining a more flexible K-12 system that is open to all.

The Khan Academy is just the tip of the iceberg in the sense that the seminal teaching tools devised by Mr. Khan, as effective as they have proven to be, are potentially just the beginning as the more advanced digital technologies coming into being begin to be exploited in teaching tool development.

Salman Khan, through this book, has opened a door on a dramatically improved education system. The Khan Academy, described here, is the disrupting innovation; the rest of the iceberg hasn't happened yet. Our nation badly needs it. ( )
  jerry6030 | Apr 24, 2013 |
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.

Read the complete review at http://thebookoutline.blogspot.in/2012/12/book-review-one-world-schoolhouse.html ( )
  theBookOutline | Jan 8, 2013 |
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Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. (Rabindranath Tagore)
The elements of instruction . . . should be presented to the mind in childhood, but not with any compulsion. Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find the natural bent of the child. (Plato, "The Republic)
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My name is Sal Khan.
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Taking responsibility for education *is* education; taking responsibility for learning *is* learning. From the student's perspective, only by taking responsibility does true learning become possible; studies of mastery learning dynamics make this clear. (43)
The use of technology made the classroom more human my facilitating one-on-one interactions; by letting the teacher know who needed her attention most. (144-5)
There is a certain irony here. I entered teaching as the tutor of a twelve-year-old girl. To be perfectly honest, adult education was an afterthought. In fact, I'll go further. As I muddled along in my tinkering and pragmatic way, without assumptions or theory, I really didn't consider lifelong learning at all. Yet it turns out that what I was trying to accomplish with the kids was to foster an atmosphere and an attitude that came closer to that of adult learners. I inadvertently bumped into an idea that (Malcolm) Knowles had already explored: Maybe androgogy—self-directed learning with the teacher as a guide rather than director—may be more appropriate for *everyone*. (176)
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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-hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today, millions have viewed and subscribed to the Khan Academy's YouTube videos, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject. Like all great innovators, Sal Khan established himself as an outsider, with no teaching background to tie him to broken models. And his breakthrough idea 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 new approach to learning. In The One World Schoolhouse, Khan will present his remarkable story, as well as his vision for the future of education. More than just a solution, his book serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how his simple - yet revolutionary - method can help achieve this inspiring goal"--""The founder of the Khan Academy -- the world's most popular free online learning site -- tells the story of his school's astonishing success, and shares his revolutionary vision for the future of education." --Provided by the publisher"--… (more)

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