Sal Khan is the brains behind the nonprofit khanacademy.org. His now full-time job started as a remote, live tutorial session for his cousin who was struggling in math. When scheduling conflicts arose, he started uploading his lessons to YouTube so his cousin could view them on her own time. After his YouTube videos went viral, they found a new home on khanacademy.org. Today, his lessons reach 200,000 students a month who are searching for help in math and science.
This free student resource is opening education to the struggling student, the over-achiever, and the hungry intellectual. However, the challenge is to encourage students to take advantage of such free resources. Our mission at LifeBound is to help students self-advocate and take responsibility for their learning. Through our books, curricula, and academic coaching, we help students become self-directed and motivated so that they can capitalize on innovative learning opportunities such as Sal Kahn’s. Listen to the story “One Teacher and 70,000 Students” on today’s broadcast of The Takeaway.