Khan Academy: A Free World-Class Education for All

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Dr. Lynda

If you are a student of any age, business person, parent, grandparent, employer, employee, or a life-long learner, we have a gem for you here today! Have you heard there’s a place on the web where an engaging education experience – on any subject – is free to everyone on the planet?

Image: Kahn Academy founder sitting in front of a blackboard with the subjects
Source: UNIVERSIAM

Have you ever wished you could brush up on a subject you once thought you’d never need, now long buried in the depths of your mind?

Do you have a child or grandchild in your life who could use a little boost in any subject, on their own terms and timing?

Have they passed the level where you can help them at the kitchen counter with homework?

Want to understand finance or computer coding, no matter your age and stage?

In our family, we have found the Kahn Academy to be our “go to” source for all things academic. In fact, I looked into the Kahn Academy after I found out that Bill Gates was making it the place to turn to for his own kids’ academic resource!  He too realized the potential of this model and the Khan Academy was awarded a Gates Foundation grant so it could expand to reach us all now.

Image: Sal Kahn of Kahn Academy on stage at TED conference with Bill Gates
Source: TED // SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

As you may know, the mission of EverWideningCircles.com (EWC) is to prove this is still an amazing world by sharing the very best of what the worldwide web has to offer.

The Khan Academy certainly qualifies for that.

Here’s the backstory in a very funny and fascinating TED Talk

Via: TED 1“Salman Khan: Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education.” YouTube. TED, 09 Mar. 2011. Web. 14 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTFEUsudhfs>.

Let’s face it, the old ways are behind us. Knowledge is power, and that “power” might translate into things as essential as self-confidence, the ability to teach others, the wisdom to make a better choice in a bad situation, and the ability to collaborate with others.

If you want to learn more, set up a free account, or check out the Khan Academy’s website, khanacademy.org

But here’s the bottom line: true “education” is only as good as our understanding of the basics in any field you can name. That’s what we like about the academy’s layout: we can start anywhere, go at our own pace, double back if we don’t understand something, and it’s all in the privacy of our cyber life.

It doesn’t get any better: Empowerment on our own terms.

Image: Sal Kahn of the Kahn Academy standing in front of a blackboard full of equaitons
Source: ENTREPRENEUR

Dr. Chuck and I, and even our teenagers, are now constantly turning to the Kahn Academy when we need a tutor on any subject.

If you’ve ever wanted to better understand everything from finance, history, and art, to mathematics, any science subject or computer science and so much more… then discovering the Khan Academy might change your life.

It has changed ours.

Here are the details:

  • It’s totally free.
  • There is a platform for mathematics that goes all the way from 1st grade to college-level graduate degree complexity, and the same holds true of their biology, chemistry, other content offerings.
  • And it is all brought to us in very engaging videos about 7 to 12 minutes long!
  • You can track and backtrack on your progress as often as you like.

The Khan Academy’s mission is quite simple: to spread knowledge to all… for free.

It feels good to support that. Take a look for yourself and share it with anyone who can use the help of one of the best tutors in the world.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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