Thursday, November 10, 2011

"My goal is to cover everything" says Salman Khan, the ultimate panupholsteraphile! He’s no anupholsteraphobe!

Panupholsteraphilic or Anupholsteraphobic?
For years, too many teachers have lived quietly with their anupholsteraphobia: "fear of not covering the material"  See:

Now there is hope.  A new way to cover it all!  From Salman Khan, the ultimate panupholsteraphile! the messiah of autodidactic polymaths! the
 self-proclaimed antithesis of anupholsteraphobes!
When asked on his own Website:
 "What topics do you plan to cover?"

He succinctly replies:
"My goal is to cover everything."
- from Frequently Asked Questions, KhanAcademy Website 20111109

Since KhanAcademy is so successful, and Khan's energy so great, we can be relieved that he is striving only to cover the world, and not to rule it!  

[Learn a little more about the KhanAcademy below.]

Finally, as if you hadn't yet noticed: 

Higher education in the United States today is like the old Wild West! 
In the latter half of the 19th century the "boomers" and "boom towns" kept pushing the frontier ever westward and inventing new ways of working and living.  
Now, "boomers" are just trying to keep up, and most of us are failing at that.

Most of us can't even see where the frontier is and what direction it's moving.  We don't know whether we want to be on it, behind it, or ahead of it!
So, the next time someone tells me about a new gizmo or a new way of teaching or publishing or communicating or delivering the content, or covering the course material.... I'm just going to yell " Ti yi yippee yippee yay!" ... 
Actually, what I'll really do is use some new device to "YELL" into this blog's successors like this: 

More... about KhanAcademy:

"The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

"All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

"Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

"'I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him.'

- Above are excerpts from "About" KhanAcademy Website 20111109

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