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July 2, 2012

Education for the 21st Century

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For those with a moderate interest in education policy, this week’s Time magazine contained a highly readable article on a guy who may do for education what Bill Gates did for computers. 

Salman Khan is a former hedge-fund manager who, on a lark, got involved in on-line tutoring and through the power of YouTube has become an internet sensation.  Khan is developing a wide assortment of educational innovations, and his biggest is the so-called Flipped Classroom.  In this classroom, students are exposed to education material at home at night, on-line.  Then during the day at school, they do exercises and received personalized tutoring from a teacher.  The Flipped Classroom differs from traditional classrooms where the teacher delivers the education material in the classroom and then at night, the students do exercises and homework.  Some wit has said that Khan has the teacher shift from being “the sage on a stage” to being a “guide on the side.”    

All of this sounds promising.


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