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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
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Hachette Audio (first published 2012)
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Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india-2013-april
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
John Stein
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ted, memoir
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

First of all a thank you to Lynda Weinman, Lynda of 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
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Bringhurst Familia
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
Akemi G.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-nonfiction
We know the problem: Current school system is broken.
Education is essential for individuals, and in tern, for the sustenance and prosperity of the society. However, few intelligent people want to become teachers (and who can blame them?), public schools are all about following rules and government-defined curriculums, private school are about making money, both are authoritative and no fun for children, therefore kids hate schools. Learning is actually fun, but not many people ever get to know
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Khan Academy is one of those things I really wish I would have had back in high school. I didn’t discover it until I was toward the end of my undergrad. Sal Khan emphasizes deep learning or mastery learning over the traditional “learn for the test” model that is so prevalent in today’s schools. Students rush to cram for an exam only to forget the majority of what they learned as soon as the test is over. For subjects such as mathematics, which require having a solid foundation of basic principle ...more
Shantel U
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 -- Full of great ideas but seemed like an extended magazine article. Light on facts -- heavy on opinion. I read this book because my daughter's sixth grade math teacher tried to implement Khan's ideas and it was a disaster. I'm not blaming Khan -- just wanted a better understanding of the concepts.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
While Khan has a few solid points, he misses the marks on a lot of things and fails to provide legitimately practical solutions. Overall it sounds like Khan is trying to sell an educational utopia.

Several sections of the book are spent discussing how Khan Academy came about and how it developed into what it is now. There are lots of personal anecdotes scattered throughout the book and and lot of the word "I" and personal experience and opinions by the author. I only mention this to create the d
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shirley Freeman
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career, education
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
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Erin Barnes
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one will make you take a long hard look at education as it is. I have often said that we need to move away from the old way we educate. I think I am settled in nicely at a school that has a different take on education. After reading this book however, I know we still have room to grow. Salcon uses common sense with his Ivy League education to enlighten the reader.
Jess d'Artagnan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Salman Khan is most well known as the creator and leader of the Khan Academy, a tool used frequently across education facilities. I think he prefers to go by Sal so he isn't confused with the famous Bollywood actor Salman Khan (rawr). The One World Schoolhouse documents the process Khan went through in creating this resource. It all started when Sal started tutoring his niece long distance and needed some tools to make their work together more effective. This resulted in a set of videos that tau ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Emerging Tech Book Report – The One World School House by Salman Khan

Evon Pontino

EDUT 522: Emerging Learning Technologies

June 30, 2016

Robert Hayden

Concordia University Irvine

School of Education

In the book The One World School House Education Reimagined, Salman Khan believes the Information Revolution, the current era we are in, is underutilizing technology. If Americans as a whole were ambitious enough, we could provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan
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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
As an academic and pedagogical enterprise, the Khan Academy gets 5 stars from me ( 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.

Abdullah Alaqeel
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
One of the best views I've seen on education. Sal is a truly remarkable genius and his efforts must be studied.
Kilian Metcalf
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rama Ramaswamy
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The One World Schoolhouse is Sal Khan's vision for the future of schools - where each child learns at his or her own pace, enjoys the process and is motivated to self-learn beyond the realms of conventional curriculum, teaching methods, standardised testing, deadlines with rigid approaches and many more such set conventions that plague our education system today.

Yes, its a mighty vision, magnanimous, one would say. But after reading the whole book, I can confidently say that Sal Khan is a very
C. Patrick G. Erker
I know that I'm five or six years behind in reading this book, and that much of what Sal Khan dreamt he has turned into reality in the form of today's Khan Academy. That having been said, his vision for what education should be in today's world remains as poignant and relevant in 2018 as it did in 2012.

Coming from a strong personal perspective-the son of immigrants, never far from the financial stress, a bright student at MIT who decided that lectures were a bad way to learn and so instead skip
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Deep topic that is insightful and overwhelming!
Thankful for the audio version that helped me get through it all a bit easier.
I highly encourage this for anyone who struggled with math in school and hopes to help their kids avoid the same issue.
Shikhar Bansal
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Salman through this book sheds light on the future of education. Though, a very rough idea but, a single read sparks whole range of ideas which can be implemented for Education 2.0
Cicero Marra
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
As far as schooling goes, Khan's way is the only way out of the rotten prussian model of education.
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Salman Khan is an American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and a organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and sciences.

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“Personal responsibility is not only undervalued but actually discouraged by the standard classroom model, with its enforced passivity and rigid boundaries of curriculum and time. Denied the opportunity to make even the most basic decisions about how and what they will learn, students stop short of full commitment.” 7 likes
“My basic philosophy of teaching was straightforward and deeply personal. I wanted to teach the way I wished that I myself had been taught. Which is to say, I hoped to convey the sheer joy of learning, the thrill of understanding things about the universe. I wanted to pass along to students not only the logic but the beauty of math and science. Furthermore, I wanted to do this in a way that would be equally helpful to kids studying a subject for the first time and for adults who wanted to refresh their knowledge; for students grappling with homework and for older people hoping to keep their minds active and supple.” 5 likes
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