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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Now class, say it with me: "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee!"

Okay, cheap shot, and I'm certain he's heard it before. But, man, low-hanging fruit...

Sal Khan and his associates have created something called "The Khan Academy". What it is, in his own words:

A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

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 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.

There's really nothing more to say to this. This is a university education in science and mathematics absolutely free of charge. No ads, no fees, absolutely available free of charge to students and educators alike. And the quality of the material is very high. Oh, they do accept donations, but they don't brow-beat you for them. It's a pretty damned worthy cause, I think.

Oh, amazingly enough, all of the 2,000+ videos currently available were researched and taught by one (really effing brilliant) individual.

Incidentally, this is the second or third time in the past 24 hours I've seen the internet used in really incredible ways for the greater good of all.

Kudos to Sal Khan and his team!

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