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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Khan Narrator: Salman Khan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781611136968
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A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.

Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.

In THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things:

  • How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago
  • Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important
  • How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals
  • How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning
  • Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.
Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.

More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Since its founding in 2006, Sal Khan’s project—the Khan academy—has revolutionized our thinking on the potential and promise of unfettered, open-access online education. In his new book The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his vision and blueprint for how online technology can, and should, play an integral role in educating communities across the globe, closing the opportunity gap and providing high-quality education for all.”

    Al Gore

  • “This book is a must-read for those providing real education to our children in this new age of technology.”

    Muhammed Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, and the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • “Sal Khan’s passion and innovation is transforming learning for millions of students worldwide. The One World Schoolhouse is a must-read for all who are committed to improving education so students everywhere can gain the skills and knowledge to be successful in school, careers and life.”

    George Lucas

  • “I discovered Sal Khan and Khan Academy like most other people—by using these incredible tools with my own kids. Sal Khan’s vision and energy for how technology could fundamentally transform education is contagious. He’s a true pioneer in integrating technology and learning. I’m happy that, through this book, even more people will be introduced to this groundbreaking innovator.”

    Bill Gates

  • “Sal Khan makes a powerful argument for fundamentally rethinking the way we teach and learn. The One World Schoolhouse illuminates the tremendous potential for online, universal education to enable any child, anywhere in the world, to succeed—not only in school, but in shaping our future.”

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Stimson | 2/17/2014

    " Very encouraging and insightful. Highly recommend this book! Good common sense and uplifting:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Lampinen | 2/14/2014

    " Totally utopian, naive, and idealistic. Which basically means perfect for me. Khan puts into words so many of my thoughts. He'll have naysayers, to be sure, but so what? To paraphrase him, there's value in aiming high and falling short. Not everyone will love this book, but I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Racingmom | 2/7/2014

    " As a homeschooling mother, I agree with much of what Sal says and am impressed with his ambition. His detailed description of how The One World Schoolhouse would work, is a HUGE improvement over the current state of education on the western world today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Johnson | 2/2/2014

    " Looking forward to a revolutionize education system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 1/31/2014

    " I think of this book as a dream of Khan's. I do think it has some ideas for practical applications but on a large scale I find it hard to believe that this can be the future of education. The biggest obstacle is motivation for students. Khan doesn't address how to motivate students in general, he believes that all students are motivated in some area and without being disciplined and will engage in online videos of mathematics on their own. I certainly don't think this will happen, for instance, I had many types of mathematics software as a child. But given the choice to work on the software or go play with a friend of mine, I would most certainly play with my friend every time. In his book, Khan suggests an enormous school house where students of all ages are let loose to play with each other and at the same time learn about english, geography, mathematics etc. But nowhere does he address the possibility of all the kids, not engaging with the coursework but instead just having a day long recess. I enjoyed the book, but again, at this point the book is not exactly a guide to education, it is more of a dream that needs to be thought out a bit more carefully. I will take some good points from it, such as trying to engage my students more instead of having them passively listening to every lecture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/25/2014

    " A must read for those in education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 1/24/2014

    " Salman Khan is a true hero. The world is changing because of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thousif Ahmed | 1/24/2014

    " In these changing times, Education is shaping up in all new form. With ipads and iphones, people are much more informed than ever before. Internet is revolutionising the whole education system across the globe. Will the current factory based education system will evolve into more creative and innovative based education system. If you wish to figure out the answers to these questions. Sal Kahn is the person that you should be looking to follow. His book talks about the loop holes in the current education system and his vision of One world school house. Education is reimagined in this wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonas Persson | 1/19/2014

    " It's not that the writing is all that great, or that I agree with all the ideas presented, but the concept and base idea of the Khan Academy is amazing, and something I believe to be very applicable, everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " Loved this book!!! Revolutionary, yet common sense. Definitely plan to use with my kids to fill gaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Kligerman | 1/5/2014

    " Great ideas. It's unfortunate that the world of education will likely be slow to adopt them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hodgson | 10/31/2013

    " An intriguing look at how the whole Khan Academy grew, and Khan lays out a vision for education that is intriguing (and challenging). Lots of good ideas here, and told engagingly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew K. | 9/27/2013

    " Quite good. Most enjoyed his take on what he has seen work in education "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 4/5/2013

    " I get what he is trying to say, and believe it would work well. That is, the last half of the book is very good. The first half is a long tear down critique of conventional education, which is fine - it's just too long. Three and a half stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Stevenson | 2/22/2013

    " Although the material was not new to me, I found the underlying framework very informative. Equally interesting are the prescriptions for applying the Khan Academy model to higher education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 1/15/2013

    " Amazingly insightful! I'm a big fan of Sal Khan & Khan Academy (khanacademy.org) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Nesvig | 12/27/2012

    " Where John Taylor Gatto books lay out the problems of the public school system, The One World Schoolhouse provides practical solutions and alternatives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvia Mcneal | 12/22/2012

    " The best non-fiction book I've read this year. A must read for anyone who cares about the education system. I love his vision. It was nice to hear him talk about the same issues I see in the current system. Glad I homeschool my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Signe Pagel | 11/12/2012

    " I share the author's opinion that reform is needed for our educational system, and I found his suggestions compelling. Now, how do we spread his message so it gets done? "

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