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The School Revolution Marches On

Is it time to flip the classroom?

That’s what they think at the non-profit Khan Academy, where students watch lectures at home and do ‘homework’ in school.

According to an article at Wired, the Khan method costs less and student test scores go up.

Some challenge the academy’s claims, others support them.  This may or may not be useful (and it seems to work better in some subjects than others), but kudos to Khan for trying something new.  Technology means we can explode the textbook: excellent video presentations can be made that allow all students everywhere to learn from the best.  Training local teachers to help kids get the most out of these presentations could well be a way to make schools do a better job at a lower cost.

Cheaper, better, faster: that is a pretty good definition of what progress is supposed to mean.

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  • Bruno Behrend

    KahnAcademy, with its excellent tutorials on nearly every topic, is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Try looking at, where the tools exist for almost anyone to start an on-line private school. lets you give your child an accredited K-12 education for $90/month.

    Blended Learning, which is the combination of sophisticated software teaching tools combined with coaches and break out sessions with teachers, is capable of rapidly accelerating learning for children of ALL ability levels.

    Yes, there will always be place for the brick and mortar classroom, but it need not be the mandated model for the entire nation.

    The fact is that we can dramatically reduce the employment level of the entire K-12 system and achieve dramatic improvements in the process.

    We spend WAY too much on education, not too little. This will become clear as we dismantle the failed and expensive “District” model, and replace it with an opensource learning network, where the money follows the child to a vast new array of education providers.

    Of course, most teachers and ALL administration absolutely HATE this idea, as it destroys their corrupt monopoly. That said, teachers, most of all, should realize that the dynamism of technology, combined with their skills, will truly professionalize teaching while simultaneously de-unionizing it.

    It’s a win/win/win for all save the massive patronage jobs that have destroyed American education.

  • Thom

    This is a win for students and a huge loss for teachers, administrators, and a host of other politically connected groups.

    It’s a great idea but it will meet with great political opposition. It will need to prove it’s superiority and maybe also promise not to take away existing teaching jobs.

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