The World is Schoolhouse of Salman Khan.


English: Salman Khan, famous for the Khan Acad...

English: Salman Khan, famous for the Khan Academy, speaking at TED 2011. Cropped from the original. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine a world where quality education is  available to everyone irrespective of his nationality, ethnicity, gender or religion.

A democratic way of providing education to all is an imperative in today’s world. Access to quality education is a great way of building future and establishing peace today. History of humanity proves that humans traveled and migrated miles of distances to find quality education. And it is often said that lack of technology and easy access to education were the main reasons of prolonged human evolution and disconnected world.

Fortunately we live in an age where world is a global village and access to resources is not an issue in most part of the world.

Technologies like Wikipedia, Khan Academy have opened all frontiers in knowledge sharing. And they have opened a whole new world of knowledge to the world.

Meet Salman Khan (educator) for whom whole world is schoolhouse. Salman Amin ‘Sal‘ Khan born October 11, 1976) is an American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All of the Khan Academy’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years. The Khan Academy‘s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. As of today 200 million lessons are deployed on Khan Academy and counting daily. A true inspiration to educators across the world Salman khan have gained much respect. And many modern models of education are built inspired by Sal’s Khan Academy. World saw rise of many online educators like udacity, coursera in 2012.

Salman Khan has been featured on the The Colbert Report, PBS NewsHour, CNN,and National Public Radio. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. In 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages. In October 2010, Khan was tied for #34 in Fortune‘s annual “40 under 40″, a list recognizing business’s hottest rising stars. In March 2011, Salman Khan was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates who says he uses the Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children. In May 2011, Salman Khan appeared on The Colbert Report to talk in an interview about his teachings. He told the audience how he planned to use his software to revolutionize the field of education. Included in his interview was a montage of notable teaching moments from Khan’s YouTube channel. Khan has also been interviewed by journalist Charlie Rose, and news anchor Tom Brokaw. Khan spoke at Bellarmine College Prep during TEDxSanJoseCA about the importance of education and the founding of Khan Academy. Khan was also the commencement speaker for Rice University’s commencement exercises on May 12, 2012 as well as MIT’s commencement on June 8, 2012.

Khan has recently published a book, The One World Schoolhouse, that presents the story of Khan Academy and defines his vision of the future of education. He dreams to re-create the once common mixed-age classrooms that he believes encourage older kids to take responsibility for younger ones. He wants multi-teacher classrooms to give students a different perspectives. He would abolish summer vacation–”a monumental waste of time and money.” And he would end us of letter grades altogether, preferring a more qualitative approach to assessment, what he terms a “running multi-year narrative.”

His book “One world Schoolhouse” is available in India from Flipkart.com in print and in e-book.

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