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Richard Hake

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Khan's Video Lectures: Educational Failures or Harbingers of
Educational Success?

Posted: Mar 18, 2012 8:10 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in "Khan's Video
Lectures: Educational Failures or Harbingers of Educational Success?"
[Hake (2012b)]. The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: In a "60 Minutes" program of 11 March titled "Khan Academy:
The Future of Education?" <http://bit.ly/FPnIFH>, Bill Gates said:
"There's a website that I've just been using with my kids - Khan
Academy - this one guy doing some unbelievable 15 minute tutorials."
. . . . Then host Sanjay Gupta exclaimed: "That's right, Bill Gates,
one of the smartest and richest men in the world, was using Sol
Khan's free videos to teach his own kids!"

In a post of 16 March "Khan's Video Lectures on Acceleration and
Newton's Second Law" at <http://bit.ly/yPSjFE>," I criticized Khan's
"unbelievable" video lectures on those subjects as EDUCATIONAL
FAILURES. However, they may also be HARBINGERS OF EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS.

MathEdCC's perceptive Clyde Greeno put the optimistic perspective as
follows (paraphrasing and generalizing Clyde's "math" to "education"):

". . . .apart from Khan's presentations, the instructional technology
that he has developed can greatly expedite national and personal
efforts to improve teaching and learning. . . . Khan was an
engineering student who was reared through the American traditional
public perceptions of what 'education' is and how it should be
taught. Khan did NOT write the educational scripts . . . . and must
not be blamed for their educational flaws. In fact (unlike so many
'experts'), Khan might still be educable . . . . or responsive to
enlightened guidance for improving the quality of his video library .
. . . from those who can offer something better than complaints. The
'harnessing' challenge is clear: use the same instructional-media
technology to do what *should* be done . . . . perhaps even by
educating Kahn."
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To access the complete 13 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/FPFWXZ>.


Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References
which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
<rrhake@earthlink.net>
Links to Articles: <http://bit.ly/a6M5y0>
Links to SDI Labs: <http://bit.ly/9nGd3M>
Blog: <http://bit.ly/9yGsXh>
Academia: <http://iub.academia.edu/RichardHake>
Twitter <https://twitter.com/#!/rrhake>

"Today with the help of over fifty. . . .[[or is it fifteen??]]. . .
million dollars, most from the Gates Foundation and Google, Khan has
been able to hire, with competitive salaries, some of the most
talented engineers and designers in the country. . . . . The team is
working to create software they hope will transform the way math is
taught in American classrooms."
From 60 Minutes <http://bit.ly/FPnIFH> at 5:30 min - "Khan Academy:
The Future of Education?"


REFERENCES [URL's shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 18 March 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012a. "Re: Khan's Video Lectures on Acceleration and
Newton's Second Law," on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at
<http://bit.ly/yPSjFE>. Post of 16 Mar 2012 09:11:07-0700 to AERA-L
and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post were also
transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/wEdup7> with a provision for
comments.

Hake, R.R. 2012b. "Khan's Video Lectures: Educational Failures or
Harbingers of Educational Success?" on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at
http://bit.ly/FPFWXZ. Post of 18 Mar 2012 15:23:26-0700 to AERA-L and
Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being
transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/zHtBOS> with a provision for
comments.




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