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Today I saw news that Craig Silverstein, Google’s first employee has left the company. My first thought? “What company is offering him an opportunity better than what he found at Google?” It turns out that he will be joining Khan Academy, a “not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” Quite a lofty and philanthropic goal.
So, what is the reality of Khan Academy? It’s a collection of almost 3,000 videos covering a veriety of subjects from fundamental arithmetic, to computer science, art history and lots of things in-between. As a product of Home Schooling, it immediately struck me as a fantastic resource – not only for full-time students, but for anyone with a thirst for knowledge or those who aim to foster that thirst in others. I feel that I have forgotten just about all of my Calculus and Linear Algebra and am considering going back to school to get a graduate degree. Perhaps I should fire up some of those lessons to see just how much I have forgotten, eh?
Check it out, let me know what you think.