Math is one of those things in life you either get, or you don't. I can't argue that statement. It just seems true to me. I made my way through all of the math classes in my life, and did quite well in some of them actually, but today, several decades later, I couldn't work an algebra problem to save my life.
Geometry, maybe. But algebra or calculus? Nope.
Enter Khan Academy. A while ago, I watched 60 Minutes for the first time in a very long time. One of the stories on the program was about the videos Sal Khan made to help his cousin with math. He focused the camera on his screen and spoke into a microphone. There are no other distractions. You never see his face. His writing and drawing are neat, and the man knows what he's talking about.
He's a good teacher, an accidental teacher who is changing the face of education in the U.S.
Khan's videos have gone viral, and what started out as one man at a desk in his home has turned into a non-profit that is changing the way many teachers teach. Khan Academy's motto: A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
And it's not just about math. Khan and his team are adding lessons on all kinds of subjects, including the humanities, finance and economics, history, all the sciences, even test prep.
It's also not about age. It's simply about progressing logically through a subject. So if you're an adult student, or a teacher of adults, you will find your level, whatever that is, in Khan's lessons.
I'd like to hear from you. If you've tried Khan Academy, tell us about your experience.