Education reform has been a central issue in American politics for decades. The constant battle between understanding the “right way” to educate students has been debated through and through. While politicians and bureaucrats continue to quarrel over which national program is best suited to fix our country, Silicon Valley startup “Khan Academy” has begun to transform the way we think and the way we learn.
Run like a technology company, this non-profit created by Salman Khan combines innovation, technology, and common-sense to transform the way we interpret information. Students of all ages can watch videos covering a wide range of topics, and move at a pace that suits their comprehension levels.
Projects like Khan Academy are changing the status quo of traditional education paradigms. The days of 30 students attempting to follow along as a teacher writes on a white board are drawing to a close. New, innovative means of education that provide personalized education can essentially give any student the direct attention that they need. I’m not saying that teachers are obsolete. Rather, great teachers are now even more important to facilitate positive learning experiences for students, while utilizing forward-thinking programs such as Khan Academy to increase overall quality of education.
The tech-revolution in modern education systems is continuing to grow and provide innovative solutions to problems that have puzzled educators for decades. I truly believe that education is what you put into it. The influence of technology to providing students and life-learners with immediate access to knowledge represents an opportunity to further catalyze our next generation of leaders in Science, Math, English, and the Arts.