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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 expan ...more
Audiobook, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Hachette Audio (first published 2012)
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Karen.s
I am an English teacher in Israel in the Bedouin sector, a sector with multiple handicaps in education. I don't have a background in education but have been quite successful in teaching my students. Many of my unconventional methods were stumbled upon or found by trial and error. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy is someone I have admired since I first heard of him earlier this year and a kindred spirit I believe. I didn't know he had published a book, so when I happened upon his article in Time m ...more
Dina
I think of this book as a dream of Khan's. I do think it has some ideas for practical applications but on a large scale I find it hard to believe that this can be the future of education. The biggest obstacle is motivation for students. Khan doesn't address how to motivate students in general, he believes that all students are motivated in some area and without being disciplined and will engage in online videos of mathematics on their own. I certainly don't think this will happen, for instance, ...more
John Stein
Really interesting book on several levels. First, the khan academy online lessons are great, and understanding the guy and vision behind the program is very worthwhile. Second, though a little utopian in its vision, the book is a good starting place for the "how would education be different if we started with a blank page" conversation. And finally, as someone interested in social entrepreneurism, it is an interesting case study - still being written- about how and if a great idea can maybe buil ...more
Gail
In “The One World Schoolhouse,” Salman Khan sets forth a compelling - though admittedly imperfect and imprecise - vision for the future of education based upon the success of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit website that features free ten-minute instructional videos, software-generated exercises, and data analysis (e.g., alerting teachers when a student is “stuck” on a particular concept). Despite my initial (and apparently common) “fear that computer-based instruction is all about replacing teach ...more
Fanficfan44
As a teacher I often use video clips from the Khan academy, along with other sources, to reinforce my instruction, to differentiate, or just to provoke interest and discussion in class. The book had many interesting aspects and topics, however I think that his condemnation of public school education in America is due to the wrong reasons. I'm not saying that there are not problems; it is obvious that there are however, the public school education that he talks about is not what happens in most c ...more
Farrah
The Khan Academy believes that lumping kids into classrooms by age group is a counterproductive way of teaching; that a "third grade reading level" or "math aptitude of a ten-year-old" are poorly constructed metrics of measuring success. They believe instead in creating classrooms of children who are at the same level of math from a wide range of ages, and as long as these kids are all struggling with, say, geometry, they'll all be struggling together. Basically: let children learn at their own ...more
Lars
I love Khan Academy and owe to it many of my late successes in math and other quantitative subjects. Sal is not only a first-rate teacher, but also a brilliant engineer. Case in point, educators and authorities have been worrying for years over how to construct a system that takes into account the varying skillsets, learning styles and countless random variables that go into a student's performance.

KA presents a workable, effective solution; let students learn at their own pace with short, easy
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Juliana
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First of all a thank you to Lynda Weinman, Lynda of lynda.com for giving every single one of the company's employees a copy of this book over the holidays. Books make the best gifts and when I start a job and first thing they hand me is a stack of free books I know I've landed in the right place.

You have heard of Salman Khan the creator of the Khan Academy and this book published by TwelveBooks serve as an introduction to his story and his thoughts or manifesto on learning. I was inspired by th
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Diane
When a colleague asked me about the educational philosophies of Salman Khan and the use of Khan Academy by my students to support their math journey, she wanted to know if this would put teachers out of a job. She wanted to know if I was worried. No way! For anyone who has had the opportunity to investigate or use Khan Academy, reading this book of education reimagined is a must to understand the fundamentals behind how educational reform can and should happen in our 21st century.

When I first st
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Sarah Bringhurst
A couple of years ago, I started hearing rumors about some mysterious and amazing online learning tool called Khan Academy. Being well immersed in the literature on the evils of screen time for children and jaded about all the companies springing up to take advantage of insecure parents, I ignored what sounded like just the latest homeschooling fad. Finally though, my curiosity got the better of me. Sure enough, my five-year-old was soon hooked on the math knowledge map, while I myself sampled v ...more
Lauren
I've been interested to hear more than a TED talk length discussion from Khan since the Khan Academy first started taking off. This book did the trick. It's very good. It's in simple language, so that even those not from an education background would follow his discussion. As he points out, much of what he's advocating isn't entirely new. Lots of it is being done to some degree in some educational settings. He does, however, advocate for a wider adoption of active learning/flipped teaching/inqui ...more
Damian
I'm as much an admirer of the Kahn academy as the next guy. But reading this book ACTUALLY made me think that Sal Kahn himself does not know that much about the institution he is trying to disrupt. His characterizations of the classroom as it traditionally exists ("teachers lecturing for hours at a time") are wrong, and his insights are often shockingly mundane, at least to teachers with whom I've talked about the book ("children tend to have a 10 minute attention span"? This is not news to anyo ...more
Roopa
This is the best book ever.

I know, I know, but it really is. I love the topics Sal covers, and how he basically lays this book out in an inculcative format that would make a decent knowledge map. The history of American education, the explanations about the science of learning, the way things would/should/could be in Sal's opinion, all of it is great. The story of Khan Academy is nothing less than inspiring and heartwarming, you can't help but love Sal.

Disclaimer: I've been drinking the Khan Ac
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Kilian Metcalf
I learned about Salman Khan and his Khan academy from a magazine article. I was intrigued by his dream of making free education available for everyone. One of the regrets of my life is that I was forced to abandon the study of math due to pressures of real life. Trying to fit into the traditional school system as a working adult is very challenging. Now I can renew my study of math and go as far as I want. I can study as long as want, whenever I want without the worry of registering, trying to f ...more
Shirley Freeman
I loved, loved, loved this book. Everybody who cares about, thinks about, and influences education should read this. Part of the book is personal: Hedge Fund analyst Salman Khan began tutoring his 12 year old cousin in math. Through a process of trial and error, he began making short you-tube videos to help his cousin and her friends gain a deeper understanding of their math work. He wrote software to collect data on how the videos were used, what was helpful and how quickly problem sets were co ...more
Daniel Taylor
More than any other individual, Salman Khan is reshaping education. To paraphrase a certain Vulcan, "It's education, Jim, but not as we know it."

Khan started the Khan Academy and its aim now is "A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere." The first part of the book "Learning to Teach" tells how through a serendipitous series of events he started the Academy. In "The Broken Model" he looks at the problems with conventional education. "Into the Real World" talks about how the Khan Academy
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Joleigh
For most of my life I have been involved in education. Over those many years I have been saddened by the potential wasted in classrooms. The system has needed change forever! Salman Kahn is making that change happen. This book presents his ideas for the future and should be read by everyone: teachers, administrators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, EVERYONE! The good news is that Bill Gates and others have already recognized the brilliance of this man and are supporting him monetarily and othe ...more
Jessica
I loved this book for it's ability to identify the problems within our educational system (ie: teachers should not be given all of the blame, when it's the administration that makes all of the overhead decisions) and for the most part I agreed with Khan's suggestions on how we can improve our schools.

However, I found his section on internships in universities to be way off the mark, in that he assumes that employers only look at one's educational background and not one's practical experience. A
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Marie
The story of how Khan Academy came to be is interesting and refreshing. I admire Khan's sincerity and passion. Homeschoolers have been reaping the benefits these ideas for many years: short, self-paced, ungraded lessons in a mixed-age setting, leaving plenty of time for creative projects. If he can get some of that translated into the public school system that would be great. Other than logistical challenges, my biggest concern with his ideas is that they add fuel to the current hype over STEM e ...more
Jesse
As an academic and pedagogical enterprise, the Khan Academy gets 5 stars from me (http://khanacademy.org: sign up and learn lots!). The book describing the enterprise is not as good. The personal anecdotes about the humble beginnings of the Khan Academy are the most interesting part of the book. Otherwise, it offers a one-sided history of education (a Prussian plot to contain the masses rather than to unleash their educational potential) and some dreamy, utopian notions for the future.

Actually,
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Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Very interesting/thought provoking book on education as I see it, then about the Khan Academy. The book also deals with various aspects of education particularly dealing with schooling - homework, learning, teaching etc. Interestingly the book deals with the education as a lifelong learning aspect. Good for the teachers, professionals dealing with education and those who are associated and interested in education.
James
Going in, I was already a huge fan of the Khan Academy and everything it was trying to accomplish. This book shed light on a number of incredible concepts and pushed me to rethink and reconsider a lot about my position on education. I am not an educator, so it's difficult for me to completely grasp the concepts enough to offer constructive criticism, but Salman accomplished what I think he intended to do: shake up the idea of the educational system and force to reevaluate. I'm anxious to continu ...more
Jenna
Please read this. So many of Khan's solutions to our muddled education system are incredibly elegant and simple. Stop forcing kids to sit through one hour blocks and acting as though each subject is entirely independent from the next, stop stifling creative thinking and allow kids to explore and experiment at their own pace. Particularly radical are his ideas about eliminating letter grades completely and no longer relying on the traditional college degree (instead of using a transcript, use som ...more
Michelle Ireland
Loved! A must read for anyone who has kids, has gone to school themselves, was homeschooled and/or is homeschooling, has a job or has ever worked or thinking of changing careers, as well as anyone interested in education, learning, or the world around them. This should be required reading for every teacher and school administrator everywhere. Basically, everyone should read this book. A perfect balance of personal memoir and insightful look into a public institution. Khan has a beautiful writing ...more
Kristy Powers
This book, written by Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, is revolutionary, democratic, philanthropic, inspiring, and inventive.

Here are some of the simple (maybe not easy), groundbreaking, possible requirements of "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere:"

-video-based, self-paced learning, which reserves teachers/guides for real problem-solving and guiding
-mastering the fundamentals before going on (mastery meaning 100% comprehension here)
-avoiding the division of "subjects" in
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Alesa
This is one of the most exciting books I have read on education in a very long time.

I thought this was going to be a braggy piece, about how smart Salman Khan was to have created the Khan Academy. Instead, I ended up in total admiration for his genius and humility. He didn't start out to change the world of learning. Rather, he was just trying to help his cousin recover from a disastrous testing experience. Along the way, he created the best on-line learning system that we've got today. It's tot
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Max Nova
Khan is well on his way towards being one of the more important figures of our time, particularly when you consider the "meta" nature of the problem he's solving. Khan's book is a compellingly written exposition of past and current problems with our educational system and his vision for the future of education. I'd want my future children (all 12 of them) to get an education along the lines of what Khan describes.

Khan's book is broken into three main categories. The first is his own theory of ef
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Megha Guruprasad
Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy( a very popular open courseware website). In the One-World Schoolhouse, he talks about how he began making videos for his younger cousins, what he things is wrong with the current education system, his journey building Khan Academy until now and all that he would change and implement in an ideal classroom of his own.

The book is interesting in that it's an inspiring story of how one small idea of online interactive video lessons came to gain such immense
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Salma
Sebuah buku yang di dalamnya mengandung banyak gagasan baru mengenai pendidikan di dunia dan mengajak kita semua agar membuka mata dimana sistem pendidikan saat ini dinilai sudah tidak lagi cocok dengan perkembangan saat ini sehingga perlu adanya perubahan skala besar, namun karena sistem yang ada sekarang sudah berjalan selama puluhan tahun, kita terjebak dalam 'zona aman' sehingga sulit untuk melakukan suatu perubahan.


Bagi saya, buku ini memberi gambaran yang luas mengenai sistem pendidikan sa
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Brooks Jones
A life-changer. Khan provides a peek into the future of education, and discusses real-world solutions to our antiquated education system. Wonderfully inspiring, thoughtful and hopeful. A must-read for educators, policymakers and parents.
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