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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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  • Brad
  • CAMERON, SC, United States
  • 12-08-12

Inspiring and Revolutionary

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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How to revolutionize our clunky schools

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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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.

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A must read!!

Brilliant and inspiring! Everyone in education or who wants to make a positive impact in education must read this book.

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Insightful, a must-read!

As a teacher currently in training for high school math with an engineering background, I was already admiring Mr Khan for his online videos which I used almost exclusively to clear the cobwebs so that I could pass the content test to gain entry into the alternative certification program. In fact, as I took the test, I could hear Sal's voice in my head calmly guiding me through the steps as I solved the problems- the test (TX Mathematics 7-12) was actually a joy to take. So, being a fan of his, I knew that reading his book might also be like his videos- comprehensive, enlightening, and with a sprinkle of humor- and it was. Some of his ideas may seem outlandish at first, but the more I think about them, the more they make sense. I truly hope that this book is required reading for all teachers, administrators, and school board members. As a mother of two teenage daughters in the public school system, I am well aware of the failings. There needs to be change, and the ideas in Sal's book are a good starting point for the conversation.

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THE BIG IDEA FOR THE GOAL OF EDUCATION FOR ALL

I was enjoying the audio book and understood how amazing it is. The content not only mentions the reality of education system with various problems in teaching and assessment but also explains how the idea of one class schoolhouse come to Salman mind.
The book is wonderful reference for those who care about education reality and education reform.

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Great Ideas that can Change the World

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

The Future of Education

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

Inspiring

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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Everything I Expected... In Stretches

I absolutely love the mission of the Khan Academy, and I was looking forward to being inspired by this book. In stretches, this book hits the mark - the story of building the Khan Academy and the potential for a new future in K-12 education. Between these flashes of brilliance the story can drag on a bit, but all in all worth a listen!