Sal Khan is my hero. There I said it.
In this TED video (filmed this week I believe) he finally lays out what I think is the key to post Industrial style education. I’ll expound after the video.
What is the key? Time.
We can throw money at the problem all day long. In fact we spend vast sums of money at education in the US but have seemed to hit a wall in terms of results. Why? I think it’s because of time.
If learning can only take place for 6 hours a day, for 180 days a year you have finite time. Some students may need more of less of this time. By disconnecting learning from a fixed clock, you place the emphasis on comprehension, not seat time.
By putting the lessons online you let the teacher have more instructional 1 on 1 time instead of being a broadcast system. Not only that, but the video Mr. Khan makes have a sense of humor, which is a beautiful thing.
This is the wave of the future folks. Awesome!