Free Thinking, Free Learning

digitalbeachbum's picture

I've been a member of Khan Academy for about five months now. I occasionally log on and watch a few videos to see if I can further my awareness on subjects which I have never been exposed to; most of which seem to be things about finance.

If you have not yet been to Khan Academy then I suggest you visit it. It's free and you get to keep track of what you learn and test yourself with quizzes.

http://www.khanacademy.org/

What is amazing about this project is how it got started. You can read a bit here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Academy

But even more interesting is how much money we (as Americans) spend on education but are one of the worst countries in the world for learning.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2012/11/02/one-man-one-computer-10-million-students-how-khan-academy-is-reinventing-education/

 

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.

-Scott Adams

Nice

A few tasty little videos on ancient history were a good way to start the day.

There is nothing much in great depth on that subject yet, but still useful.

The internet/information revolution we are living through is a wonder of the modern age.

Many universities now have free online courses and videos and there is no excuse for ignorance.

digitalbeachbum's picture

The education system in

The education system in America is due for a complete overhaul. I know too many "professors" who have earned their tenure. After that they basically walk the line and just get by doing the same old bullshit books and tests.

I am a non-linear thinker with several other unusual learning attributes. During my research to learn how I could finish my degree (because dealing with linear teaching was killing me) and make it through college I found that 2/3rds of the world are linear thinkers; 1/3 is non-linear. The non-linear thinkers are usually picture thinkers and non-structured logic, while linear thinkers are structured and with strict logical rules.

Once I learned how to use my attributes to my advantage I whizzed through college. I still have problems but for the most part I knew how to deal with the boring "read book" and "take test" procedures.

This Khan Academy, while simplistic, is an example of non-linear training. It is the direction which lower level classes are now heading and my 5 year old his in a school where they teach things openly and which less structure. If I would have had this during my day I would have done much better with my grades. I'm happy my 5 year old will have the better opportunities than I had at the same age.

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.

-Scott Adams

harleysportster's picture

I bumped into them

I bumped into them on youtube a few months ago.

My oldest niece had said they helped her algebra classes tremendously and I got a bit intrigued (I suck at mathematics).

I especially like the set of vids they have on physics.

I have always wanted to know a bit more about physics and found every book on it either too complex/boring or too far advanced for me to understand.

I like the way they break stuff down.

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”
― Giordano Bruno