Reviews for One World Schoolhouse : Education Reimagined
Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
An exciting concept for reforming education. In today's society, most students learn a variety of subjects primarily by lectures, with the goal of passing certain standardized tests before moving on to another series of subjects. Former hedge fund analyst Khan questioned this educational model, believing it did nothing to show true mastery of a topic. Candidly and enthusiastically, he details how he originally started what is now known as the Khan Academy by creating a series of YouTube videos to help his cousin with her understanding of math. Supported by Google and The Gates Foundation, those videos have evolved at the Khan Academy website to cover math, science, history and art, among other subjects. They have been used by millions around the world. Khan believes in using modern technology via individual video learning with assessments based on a solid understanding of a theme. Students spend classroom time among peers and talented teachers, who help them reach certain levels of comprehension before progressing to the next level of learning. The author stresses the concept that all subjects are interrelated and that learning should be self-paced and self-motivated with mixed age groups helping one another. He includes in-depth analysis of the most common educational models (lectures and testing for certain topics) and compares it to his methods. Khan's excitement is palpable as he imagines future schoolrooms as sources of "true creativity" where "mistakes are allowed, tangents are encouraged, and big thinking is celebrated as a process." His hope is that modern technology and his videos will allow access to a free education to anyone, young or old, around the world. A fresh, welcome approach to education. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Journal Reviews 2012 May #2
While tutoring his niece online in algebra, hedge fund analyst Khan got the bright idea of providing free, first-class education online to anyone who wanted it. Now, the Khan Academy is flourishing on YouTube, with millions viewing and subscribing to courses in every area imaginable. Key reading: Khan was just named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [Page 59]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Library Journal Reviews 2012 November #1
Over the past year Khan, the founder of the free online education site Khan Academy, has been featured in Wired and TIME magazines, appeared on CBS News, and was a featured TED speaker. Here he tells the story of Khan Academy's creation (it began with a series of videos he posted on YouTube to tutor his niece in math) and explains how this experience led him to question the traditional educational model. Khan advocates reversing, or "flipping," the traditional model by assigning the lecture as homework and using class time to discuss and clarify the information presented in the lecture (a theory also discussed in Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams). Khan uses the second half of the book to detail how he believes his model can succeed where the traditional one fails and to expand on his "one world schoolhouse" vision. VERDICT An easy, entertaining, thought-provoking read for educators, administrators, and parents.--Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.