People may wonder: why do we need a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere?
Let's take a look at a few pieces of data that help explain the problem.
It's a complex problem, and we aren’t here to pretend there is one simple answer. But we do have a key part of the solution.
Kids need to master material before moving on to more complex concepts.
Let's take a simple example: students learn how to add fractions. If they pass a unit test with 70% of their answers correct, they move on to the next topic. They still have a 30% gap in understanding this material, though. This gap will make learning future concepts like algebra more difficult, and eventually impossible.
For well-resourced students, gaps can be addressed by hiring a tutor. For far too many students, however, this option isn’t available.
Khan Academy is the free, online tutor for the world. It is the teaching assistant or core supplemental resource that allows every teacher to address the diverse needs in a classroom of 30 to 40 students.
1 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): The Nation’s Report Card
2 National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) (2010): Beyond the Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy
4 Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, National Achievement Survey: https://mhrd.gov.in/nas; https://socialfinance.org.in/india-education-outcomes-fund-2/
5 National Census Assessment 2019, Ministry of Education Peru http://umc.minedu.gob.pe/resultadosnacionales2019/