KUSA - The Khan Academy is working to change the way we think of education. The goal of the nonprofit organization is to provide free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
"You can go to the site you can get videos you can get exercises you can get feedback, " founder Salman Khan said. "There's tools for teachers, and [you can] really learn anything from basic arithmetic all the way through calculus, and chemistry, and biology and art history, and our goal is eventually to cover all subjects."
The Academy provides free online educational materials and videos that support personalized learning in and outside of the classroom. They started small but think big.
"We started literally with me tutoring my cousins uh then I started making videos on Youtube those got popular then the [Bill and Melinda] Gates Foundation and Google and others starting to take notice and we started to build a real organization. We've been philanthropically funded, but we think we are still at the very top of the 1st inning," Khan said.
He says the key to quality education is innovation and individualized learning.
"I think it's all about not being afraid to fail," Khan said. "Kids should have the willingness to take risks, kids should have the willingness to try things out, and if they don't work out it shouldn't be this big badge that goes on their permanent record, it should hey it didn't work out that time, lesson learned move on."
The Khan Academy is in about 30,000 classes and currently has about six million regular users. They're already in 216 countries and their content is translated in 28 languages, but they're still expanding.
"There's a lot of irons in the fire and it does feel like over the next couple of years we might be able to get much closer to that mission of a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere," Khan said.
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