The One World Schoolhouse

  • by Salman Khan
  • Narrated by Salman Khan
  • 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, has written what is destined to become one of the most influential books about education in our time.
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: This is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.
Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea - liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction - has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.
In The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In this audiobook you will discover, among other things:

How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago;
Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important;
How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals;
How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning; and
Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.
Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning", abandoned in the 20th century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.
More than just a solution, The One World Schoolhouse serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.


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Everyone is not an expert on Education

I like what has been done with the Khan academy, but such an accomplishment does not make a person an instant expert on education. Khan should have focused on his success story and how his online tutorials work and contribute to math education. His opinions on education in general are not well informed. His arguments are weak and often contradictory in that he does not hold himself to the same standards that he holds other researchers in education to (apparently his quasi-science is better than others). His opinions are nothing new and hardly revolutionary. He sets education up as a straw man providing stereotypic and simplistic views of education, so he can then argue against it. I am sorry but I do not believe business people and entrepreneurs make the best teachers. And, BTW, English students are not a bunch of pre-med drop outs, and I know of very, very few teachers who make a $100,000 a year (it's ridiculous to even make such a statement). Education is a complex problem, and it needs complex thinking and problem solving which you will not find in this book. Overall, I found this book very disappointing.
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- Angelmarie "tc251"

Inspiring and Revolutionary

Simply stated The One World School House is AWESOME. Khan details how the Khan Academy started, the history of the lecture style educational style, the shortcomings of current educational system, and the vision on how technology can be used to revolutionize education for everyone in the modern time! LISTEN to this book!
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- Vicki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio