TIME “100 Most Influential” List: Salman Khan

Bangladeshi-American Salman Khan on TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” List

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Salman Khan
Educator
By BILL GATES Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012

Like a lot of great innovators, Salman Khan didn’t set out to change the world. He was just trying to help his teenage cousin with her algebra from across the country. But from a closet turned office in his Silicon Valley apartment, Sal, 35, has produced an amazing library of online lectures on math, science and a host of other subjects. In the process, he has turned the classroom — and the world of education — on its head.
The aspiration of khanacademy.org is to give every kid a chance at a free, world-class education. The site has over 3,000 short lessons that allow kids to learn at their own pace. Practice exercises send students back to the pertinent video when they’re having trouble. And there’s a detailed dashboard for teachers who use Khan Academy in their classrooms.
Early pilot programs in California classrooms show terrific promise. I’ve used Khan Academy with my kids, and I’m amazed at the breadth of Sal’s subject expertise and his ability to make complicated topics understandable.
Sal Khan is a true education pioneer. He started by posting a math lesson, but his impact on education might truly be incalculable.
Gates is an entrepreneur and philanthropist and a co-founder of Microsoft

2 thoughts on “TIME “100 Most Influential” List: Salman Khan

  1. A different way of looking at this list, from The Atlantic’s Robert Wright:

    Here is Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, released today. Am I the only one who finds a lot of these names either new or only vaguely familiar? Dulce Martinez? Harold Hamm? Sara Blakely?

    Turns out Blakely is a plucky entrepreneur who started an undergarment company and became fabulously wealthy. She specializes in shapewear, and I guess shaping is by definition a form of influence. But my question about Sara Blakely is: How many nuclear weapons are under her control? Vladimir Putin has thousands, and he’s not on the list.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/the-time-100-who-the-hell-are-these-people/256091/

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