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Friday, November 5, 2010

Khan Academy

I was listening to one of those great talks by Lew Rockwell. He talked about some 530 million dollar school building in Los Angeles built to house 4,000 (!) high school students and which looked like a prison. Probably because it is a prison for these kids, he added. Lew mentioned that teaching like that is not at all like it should be with the ( technological ) possibilities we have today. Or if you like, with our ( read: the US's ) financial situation. He pointed out that it can be done differently. That it in fact -is- done differently by The Khan Academy, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

For me too? I thought, immediately. And yes, he recently added video lectures for a course in Differential Equations to the approximately 1800 video's already stored on their website. Besides differential equations they also have an impressive set of calculus video's.

Since I already started the 18.03 lecture program ( competition breeds innovation ! ) I probably continue to do so but I'll be making comparisons.

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