Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the best-selling Super Spies series. I’m here today to talk about modern technology and our educational system. I’ve recently learned about a man named Salman Kahn.
He’s a former hedge fund manager turned YouTube Teacher. He records lectures and posts them on the web and his videos are by far the most viewed educational videos on the web. In fact, he’s Bill Gates' favorite teacher.
He posts lessons on math and science as well as lessons on a range of other subjects. His playlist of approximately one thousand six hundred and thirty tutorials are viewed on an average of seventy thousand times a day. I found this information in an article from Fortune’s Magazine. The author is David A. Kaplan and it’s titled, Bill Gates' Favorite Teacher. He does all of this for free. He wants to offer the first free world class virtual school.
I find this incredibly fascinating and it makes me wonder what will happen to our educational system if this type of thing takes off. Instead of my kids heading to school every day, are they going to stay home and just log on to the computer?
If that were to happen, I wonder if all the teachers who’ll no longer be in the classroom will be in front of a camera posting their lectures on YouTube as well.
I see some great things that online teaching can accomplish. It will level the playing field between the socio-economic classes. What that means is that people who can’t afford to send their kids to college won’t have to worry. They can log onto the computer and see the same lecture as someone who can afford a Harvard education. I think that’s great.
However, I see some negatives as well. The most obvious one is what will happen to all the teachers who’ll lose their jobs. My guess is if we do move to this type of teaching. Many teachers will create their own videos and put a price tag on them, but that’s just my guess.
The other big negative I see is the effect it will have on our kids. School does so much more than teach our children to read and write. It also teaches them social skills. This is important to their development. However, in the future, if all communication is done over the computer, maybe social skills won’t be so important. Who knows?
Some critics of this type of school question the validity of any tutorial that doesn’t test performance. How will we know if our kids are really learning if there’s no test to take?
These are all valid concerns. I’d love to read your thoughts on the subject. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!
****I’d like to thank Fortune Magazine for providing some of the information in this article.