Sunday School: The Khan Academy: Learn almost anything for free.

My first exposure to the Khan Academy was a John Stossel video in which a public school teacher was bragging that her students were actually excelling in math, now that she was no longer boring them with her ed-school-cultivated ignorance. She wasn’t smart enough to leap to the obvious conclusion — what do we need her for? — but presumably the taxpayers can do the math. If not, they can learn how for free on YouTube.

The Khan Academy makes this promise:

With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

It’s fun to watch, in the Stossel video, as children do what they should do, as an expression of their nature as human beings: Revel in the process of learning new skills. But it goes for you, too. If you want to pick up where you left off in the maths, the Khan Academy has what you need. History? Art? The sciences? Dig in. They don’t have foreign languages, but now that this model exists, that can’t be far off. And you can work from any browser anywhere, as well as from your smartphone or tablet computer.

This is what human beings can and should do. Every excuse you can come up with for refusing to improve your mind — money, time, resources — is gone. Your choice now is to step up to the plate in the world-wide agora or get left forevermore behind. How cool is that?

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  • I thought it might be fun to teach California Real Estate Broker Licensing courses, as I take them. How much would you like to bet that, a man with a gun, knocks on my door for uploading those?

    • > How much would you like to bet that, a man with a gun, knocks on my door for uploading those?

      Highly likely. “Professional” “education” is a protected rent-seeker’s “market.” OTOH, my Latin study guides are pure free speech.

  • What a terrible disappointment to find that everything there is a video!! Why, oh why?

    I am mostly deaf. I am also mostly a tactile learner. I seldom watch videos because I just can’t understand what people are saying or doing.

    This sort of “school” is wonderful, no doubt, but many of us are shut out. That’s a shame.

    • > This sort of “school” is wonderful, no doubt, but many of us are shut out. That’s a shame.

      Alternatives will arise. The internet allows no vacuum.

      Meanwhile, here’s a reason to be cheerful while you wait: The Khan Academy is the weapon that will actually win the war on terror — and on tyranny generally. Even fanatical parents want the best for their own children, and we all turn to the Greeks for our definitions of “the best.” Contemplative people seek peace, and educated people come to be contemplative people. The most disruptive icon in human history is the question mark.