Posted by: crudbasher | January 4, 2012

Salman Khan As Moses?

Have you ever seen the movie The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston?

Charlton Heston as Moses

The pivotal scene of course is when Moses comes down from the mountain with the two stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments from God. It’s done very dramatically I think in order to get everyone’s attention. If you consider that those commandments were the foundation of a religion that has lasted over 2,000 years, that’s quite a lasting impression!

Not every revolution in society is done with that much fanfare. Consider the Khan Academy. Salman Khan is not a certified teacher, he’s a former hedge fund manager. He started a series of YouTube videos to tutor one of his cousins on Math. He used his apartment closet as a studio. Word spread, and then, as they say on the net, it went viral. Now his site is getting 4 Million unique visitors a month and he has over 2600 videos online. The best part is, it’s all free, supported by donations.

Now, I’m not saying that Mr. Khan is Moses, but he is sending the education community a message. It’s a message I have been saying over and over again on this blog.

  • Formal schooling is not the only way to learn.
  • You don’t have to be a teacher to teach.
  • Spending per pupil isn’t the way to measure success.
  • Disruptive innovation can come from a single person.


    • Over the last month, Khan Academy saw 4 million unique users. That’s up from 1 million in the same period last year, and up from 3.5 million in October (asked by dbigthe)
    • The Khan Academy team is currently made up of 22 people, and they’re hiring ~1 more per month. (asked by dbigthe)
    • “I will definitely do much more advanced mathematics in the next year than what we have now.” (This resulted in Michael Nielson, leading quantum computing expert and author of the standard text on the subject, to offer his assistance right in the thread)

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  1. Yes.
    I agree with him all in 4 points.
    Disruptive innovation for HE came from MIT last week.
    MITx will provide online couırses free,
    MITx will charge a small fee for assessment of mastery of course and award a certificate of mastering of the course.
    MIT is an education giant, full of knowledge, a treasure, a wealth .
    Now they are willing to share that with 100,000,000 people.
    MIT already reaches 100,000,000 people in the world through OCW .
    That is revolution . It is disruptive.
    All forprofits onlines wil be closed
    All overcharging even State colleges will also be closed .

  2. […] Perhaps via social media students will start passing around these amateur lessons? Could that elevate the average person into a teaching superstar? It happened to Sal Khan. […]

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