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Q&a With Salman Khan

Salman Khan of Khan Academy

"We were inadvertently . . . building a brand in a space where there are very few brands," says Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy.

Credit: Khan Academy

What kind of crazy teacher would put high-school math on a site known for cat videos?

In his new book, "The One World School House: Education Reimagined," Salman Khan recalls how, eight years ago, he uploaded his first mathematics tutorial to YouTube. "I had no preconceived notions about how people learned; I was constrained by no orthodoxy regarding the 'right' way to do things," he writes.

Khan ended up recording more than 3,000 videos explaining long division, plate tectonics, and much more (they've been viewed 204 million times). In an interview, the amateur teacher who rocketed to fame on the Internet tells how he'll take his free video tutorials to the next level.

From MIT Technology Review
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