Wisdom at the Khan Academy

The Khan Academy provides thousands of instructional videos for free to anyone around the world with an internet connection. The Academy reaches about 10,000,000 students per month and has delivered over 300,000,000 lessons.  It is a powerful force for advancing knowledge, worldwide.

What would change if the Khan Academy became wisdom-based rather than knowledge-based? If the Khan Academy agreed to create 10-20 (or even 100-200) new videos that were wisdom-based what would you like the topics (and content) of those videos to be? If Sal Khan asked to meet with you to understand what the Academy should do differently next week, next month, or next year, to transform from knowledge-based to wisdom-based what specific requests and recommendations would you offer?

Specifically, what changes would you advise the Khan Academy to make to bring wisdom to life?

4 thoughts on “Wisdom at the Khan Academy

  1. Mainstream UK exposure for Khan academy on BBC R4’s flagship daily news programme “Today” – positive review of revolution in education – (notably, backed by Bill Gates, supported on Google Android devices).

    “Seems certain it’s on its way.”

    A plug for BBC R4 Documentary – My Teacher is an App.

  2. Apart from the obvious need to understand and appreciate ‘natural inclusion’, I think it would be good to include some appreciation of the source and nature of ‘error’ and how to appreciate this as a vital aspect of evolutionary creativity, not something to be deprecated or swept under the carpet.

    I think it would be especially good to admit the fundamental mistake that rationalistic thought has been making for thousands of years through discounting the influence of intangible omnipresence (i.e. space) in natural flow-dynamics and consequently ignoring/denigrating the essence of what makes us living, loving, human creatures.

    Sadly, our present disingenuous culture makes it difficult for people to admit to being wrong or to welcome anyone telling them when they are wrong, because these are deemed humiliating and arrogant, respectively.

    Yet if ‘to err is human’, what is truly wrong with admitting and being told when you are wrong? To admit your own mistakes and let others know when they are making mistakes takes courage, humility and compassion – all aspects of extraordinary leadership. It is LIBERATING. To ignore mistakes is to perpetuate them, which is ENTRAPPING.

    The real problem with being wrong is not facing up to it in order not to lose face. That is the pattern of a narcissistic, zealously competitive culture, which encapsulates the individual and/or collective ego in a definitive sheath.

    And that has a lot to do with what prevents us from ‘becoming wise’ to how we naturally are in the world as it naturally is.

  3. Interesting Lee, and impressive numbers and credentials if real.

    I’ve looked at the site (as well as wikipedia) and currently working thru the introduction, as well as the course index. May ask my son, who is a school teacher, to take a look at a sample of the course content too.

    I like the way you phrased the questions for us. When I’ve done a bit more digging, I’ll come back. Meantime, I’d encourage others to take a look.

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