I’m a bit worried about the way education is going. A good teacher is hard to find they say, and in some places good teachers are most likely found in private schools only. Common opinions I stumble upon are that the education budgets are too low, or that it’s just not the same generation (referring to the children). I say, that the conjunction of reasons creates the problem and that we need a paradigm shift in order to solve it.
From time to time I look for online tutorials to help me learn new stuff, or complete tasks on the go. For example, I really like TheNewBoston A free & friendly website by Bucky Roberts, who started off by uploading computer programming related tutorials and recently hired two more teachers and an office to expand his tutorials to other subjects such as math, biology and more.
These tutorials are great, but it’s really not the complete, robust solution needed in order to create a paradigm shift. The education system needs a complete solution that takes advantage of video tutorials, but also allows moderation, interaction, practice and an overall great approach. While looking at one of Bucky’s video tutorials I noticed a comment from one guy saying “Bucky, you should join hands with Khan Academy”, Khan Academy? Curios enough, I Googled it and I was amazed to see the solution I was hoping for. Khan Academy truly is a complete solution, but Salman Khan, Khan Academy’s creator truly explains best, how his project, really could make a change. The following video is well worth everyone’s time.
I really think we should find a way to put pressure on authorities to “beta” test this system. With over 50 million lessons delivered and counting, Khan Academy looks like the most promising way to reinvent education using video tutorials.
But until a true change comes, like Mark Twain once said, “I never let school interfere with my education”.