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The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined | [Salman Khan]

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

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....
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Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, has written what is destined to become one of the most influential books about education in our time.

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.

Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea - liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction - 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 fresh approach to learning.

In The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In this audiobook you will discover, among other things:

  • How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago;
  • Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important;
  • How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals;
  • How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning; and
  • Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.

Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning", abandoned in the 20th century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.

More than just a solution, The One World Schoolhouse serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.

©2012 Salman Khan (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Vicki CAMERON, SC, United States 12-08-12
    Vicki CAMERON, SC, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    Simply stated The One World School House is AWESOME. Khan details how the Khan Academy started, the history of the lecture style educational style, the shortcomings of current educational system, and the vision on how technology can be used to revolutionize education for everyone in the modern time! LISTEN to this book!

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    Bill T 10-29-12
    Bill T 10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. People need to be empowered by a realistic hope that we can do much better in our schools, that we have the tools to do it now, and that it is actually being done. Our education system is at once our biggest problem and our biggest opportunity as a nation. Khan shows that the solutions most often proposed simply won't make a difference. The school model must be changed. And he lays out some very thoughtful, concrete ways to change the model.


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    Helen SONOMA, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Helen SONOMA, CA, United States 04-01-13
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    "For anyone who cares about schools!"

    Sal Khan is one of the big thinkers of the century. But he just stumbled across his big ideas while helping out a family member. His Khan Academy is often thought to be anti-teacher and anti-school, but it is not. It would be interesting to learn more about the application of his ideas to younger children and to topics other than science and math. Read this book if you care about the future of public education.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 02-04-13
    Kimberly 02-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    Would you listen to The One World Schoolhouse again? Why?

    This book is awesome. Five stars just isn't enough. If you moved around a bunch as a child with a military family or any other reason and have all kinds of wholes in your education you can relate to students who fall behind and never quite get the skills they need. Salman Khan's ideas when implemented, can help classroom teachers with all of their children. Technology in the classroom is not for doing away with teachers, but for helping them and empowering them to have an even greater positive influence on our children. I look forward to using Khan Academy Videos to fix my math skills.

    I will most likely listen to this book many times. I have ADD and information doesn't always stick the first time. That is why I love Audible books. I can listen over and over again.


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    Hal San Antonio, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Hal San Antonio, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The One World Schoolhouse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The people of the world - who else could beat that?


    What does Salman Khan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audio, particularly like this, with the author, is personal because it is a special person's conversation of which you are an integral part. Audio allows a much broader mental perspective than text alone. Your mind may soar and roam with the ideas because it is not having to move and manage your eyes continually.


    If you could give The One World Schoolhouse a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Please listen to Sal and do your part to make his dream a reality, if you care about the future of our world.


    Any additional comments?

    Right up there at the top of the most thought-provoking books I have read in my life.

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    .. Memphis, TN United States 11-28-12
    .. Memphis, TN United States 11-28-12

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    I was admittedly already a fan of Sal Khan's, but this made me even more so. I thought the content of the book was great -- gave some education history but also pointed the way to the future. And I loved that Sal himself read it -- made it feel much more personal. Highly recommended.

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    Eleuterio Lynbrook, NY, United States 02-16-14
    Eleuterio Lynbrook, NY, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The One World Schoolhouse in three words, what would they be?

    changing lives


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That he began just by helping his niece and he became international and kept it free.


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    Angelmarie Spokane 04-21-13
    Angelmarie Spokane 04-21-13 Member Since 2013

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    I like what has been done with the Khan academy, but such an accomplishment does not make a person an instant expert on education. Khan should have focused on his success story and how his online tutorials work and contribute to math education. His opinions on education in general are not well informed. His arguments are weak and often contradictory in that he does not hold himself to the same standards that he holds other researchers in education to (apparently his quasi-science is better than others). His opinions are nothing new and hardly revolutionary. He sets education up as a straw man providing stereotypic and simplistic views of education, so he can then argue against it. I am sorry but I do not believe business people and entrepreneurs make the best teachers. And, BTW, English students are not a bunch of pre-med drop outs, and I know of very, very few teachers who make a $100,000 a year (it's ridiculous to even make such a statement). Education is a complex problem, and it needs complex thinking and problem solving which you will not find in this book. Overall, I found this book very disappointing.

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