This was originally a much longer and carefully constructed post, by I got tired of editing it, so I’m going to get straight to the point.
Stop Picking on Sal Khan already!
I have seen numerous posts recently taking a stance against Khan Academy for a variety of reasons – it’s just more lecture, it has no context, it’s just explanation, it can’t replace teachers, it’s not visually appealing, and so on. My take away from all of these complaints is that the authors are missing something fundamental – that Khan isn’t trying to tell them how to teach. The purpose of Khan academy is to provide some resources that may be useful. End. Of. Story.
That fact that one guy has created so many videos that many people do find useful is quite remarkable. If you don’t like the videos or the questions, don’t use them. But please stop the posts attacking Sal like he’s the one wielding the budget cuts in your school board.
Bill Gates though, feel free to dis him all you like.