Walter Isaacson Calls Salman Khan "The Coolest Person in America Today” [VIDEO]
In his book, and in his talks, Khan describes a new learning system that allows students to work at their own pace and not be rushed into a new concept without fully comprehending the previous one. You wouldn't build a home on top of a foundation that was only 80 per cent completed, he explains, so why should students be moving onto new things when they haven't fully grasped what came before? Instead of segregating students into age brackets that have to learn the same material at the same age (forcing kids to be moved ahead even when they don't fully understand something), Khan suggests letting students work on something until they fully understand the concept. This way, a solid foundation of learning is built, rather than one where students only retain half of what they've been taught because they were rushed to move ahead in order to keep up with their classmates. Khan's tutorial videos on YouTube play to this strategy, and his revolutionary teaching style has earned him the recognition and respect from heavyweights like Bill Gates, Google, and Isaacson.