Sol Khan hopes his ‘system’ will enable teachers’ “…own humanity to come out in the lesson plan.”

I have heard of the Khan Academy website – When I first started homeschooling I was steered towards it as a nice resource. I checked it out and was put off by the look of the site and the fact it only seemed to tackle older age groups.

However, I came across this little video (approx. 5 mins) of Sol Khan talking about his website and I think I’ll check it out again. Having logged on to be able to put the address in this post, the front page at least looks more appealing.

During this short clip (it shows another of him at TED which might make interesting watching although it might have been from a while ago and things may evolve rapidly on the site), he makes an interesting point that education doesn’t have to be an either/or choice of play-based learning vs. more traditional learning (where detractors point out that with play-based learning kids are unlikely to come across/learn algebra all by themselves, although of course one could argue whether this is a huge drawback of play-based  learning). He says you can put a bit more of the ‘play’ into traditional learning and indeed more discussion, peer-to-peer learning and other interesting aspects of learning. The comment I liked best was that he hopes Khan Academy, his approach, will enable teachers’ “…own humanity to come out in lesson plans.” When I hit the books with the kids, which I am doing to a greater extent now the weather is getting much hotter, I could do with a bit more humanity! I could definitely make things more fun. I could always do with finding ways to help educate without books altogether (although as a fan of less screen-time, using the PC as a resource has to be limited for my family). So, I think I will check out the Khan Academy videos/approach and see if they could be helpful to us. If I find it hugely successful, I’ll write an updated post.


About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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One Response to Sol Khan hopes his ‘system’ will enable teachers’ “…own humanity to come out in the lesson plan.”

  1. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

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