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 When it comes to education and new media, there has been no development as overwhelmingly successful and useful (and actually successfully used, in the US and around the world) as the one-person-developed and relatively low-tech Khan Academy.

Nothing from the Gates Foundation, Teach for America, Common Core, Pres Obama, Arnie Duncan, the Dept of Education, Harvard and other schools of Education, that comes within 2% of Khan Academy.

There should be a lesson there about letting things bubble up from the talents, knowledge and intelligence of 320 million Americans, rather than imposing them from the top (eg, Common Core), but I doubt many will see it.


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  1. Iris Bell on April 10, 2015 5:04 pm

    Yes, this is a wonderful way of teaching people. It began simply. But now it has many donors who’ve given it over a million dollars each. The Gates Foundation has given it over $2 million. It was Bill Gates who first gave Khan money, without being asked for it. You can see the donors here: https://www.khanacademy.org/about/our-supporters

  2. Jayson Pifer on April 14, 2015 12:18 pm

    My family enjoys friendly competition on the khan academy site, however, it will likely always remain in the margins. Aside from the motivation that the education monopoly will not give up its $1.3 trillion industry without a fight. There is the fact that schools are also a giant daycare system that parents find convenient.

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