We were talking before about revolution in higher learning. I’d like to be able to come back in 50 years to see what the collegiate landscape in America looks like then. There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on these days and some colleges and universities are having a hard time holding on. That’s as it should be, in my view, because in our capitalistic society market forces determine who wins, who loses, and who has staying power.
As for higher education’s mantra, we need to look no further than the inscription at the base of Emil Faber’s statue on the campus of Faber College: “Knowledge is good.” That just about says it all. Great! Who can argue about the goodness of knowledge? But, how that knowledge is delivered is at the core of the impending revolution. Accordingly, have you heard about Kahn Academy?
Kahn Academy’s mantra is “Learn almost anything for free.” Gotta love that word free. When you click on Kahn’s “About” button, this is what you’ll find:
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site’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, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Terrific. What makes this site even more friendly is the fact that it’s a dot-org. No crass dot-com intentions. In fact, there’s even a “Donate” button that takes you to a page that allows you to help the Kahn cause. No fee schedules. Plus, there’s more. Much more. Read the rest of this entry »