The most recent issue of City Journal has a favorable review of the Khan Academy phenomenon.
For those unfamiliar, Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst trained at MIT and Harvard Business School, has since 2004 posted brief YouTube videos explaining mathematical concepts for consumption by schoolchildren and adults interested in brushing up their calculus (and a variety of other subjects, as well). Full courses are now available, gratis, on Mr. Khan’s website.
Mr. Khan is to be credited for his efforts. It has long been clear that American schools are no longer capable of providing even a rudimentary education to the majority of the American public. Though reasonable minds may differ as to the reasons, the United States spends vastly more money for more modest results than any competitor nation. That Mr. Khan is able to deliver via Internet videos and free of charge a service that U.S. school boards, principals, teachers unions, and PTAs cannot is a startling indictment of the American educational edifice.
While his grand ambitions, like all fruitful American educational initiatives, are eventually certain to be thwarted by the administrative state, Mr. Khan well deserves his expanding and grateful audience.