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Khan Academy’s 100&Change proposal: World-class diplomas for anyone, anywhere

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Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We’re entering a MacArthur Foundation competition, called 100&Change, for a $100 million grant to help solve a critical problem of our time. Millions of people lack the skills and credentials to participate in the global economy. To address this, our long-term goal is to develop internationally-recognized diplomas that provide direct access to economic and educational opportunities. We also plan to create free content and tools to help people earn the diplomas. If we win the grant, we’ll be able to accelerate the development of the diplomas, content, and tools. We want to connect people to real economic opportunity and unlock human potential for generations to come. If you believe in our vision, please share our video and comment below. PROBLEM STATEMENT Too many people lack the skills and credentials to participate meaningfully in the global economy. This is caused by problems at every stage of our education pipeline, from inadequate school access to low graduation rates. The United Nations estimates that 263 million children, including half of all refugee children, are not in school. In the United States alone, 55% of college students never earn a diploma. These challenges will be exacerbated in the near term by the global refugee crisis and in the long term by automation as new industries are created and old jobs made obsolete. For many of the millions shut out of the modern economy, like girls in oppressive societies, laid-off workers, refugees, and prisoners, traditional routes to employment are out of reach. Cost, time constraints, and social barriers limit access. Even those with degrees are often underemployed, as curricula are disconnected from employers’ needs. Online learning materials are becoming widely accessible, but they are not yet connected directly to economic empowerment. There have been many attempts to address aspects of this problem, but the solutions are often piecemeal, hard to scale, expensive, or locale-specific. Solving this problem is imperative for millions who want a better life for themselves and their families; for employers, who need an increasingly skilled entry-level workforce; for educational institutions, who want to help more people achieve their potential; and for society at large, as disenfranchisement and underemployment breed discontent, instability, and extremism. SOLUTION STATEMENT We plan to develop​ internationally-recognized diplomas that provide direct access to economic and educational opportunities. To support this, we will create free content and tools to help people earn our diplomas at their own pace, regardless of their incoming skills. An Afghan girl forbidden by the Taliban from attending school will now be able to study on her mobile phone, gain admission to a top university, and become a physicist. A father in Detroit who dropped out of high school will demonstrate his skills and work ethic to earn an entry-level job that supports his family. A school leader in Kenya will use these resources to ensure her students receive a rigorous education with international relevance. Khan Academy is already used by more than 100 million people around the world every year. These diplomas will connect current and future Khan Academy learners, including those in underserved communities and war-torn regions, to real economic opportunities. We will develop the diplomas in close partnership with educational institutions and employers to ensure relevance. In addition to academic skills, we will recognize metacognitive skills, like perseverance, not measured by traditional degrees. Unlike other offerings, we will track job placement and performance to measure the efficacy of the diplomas and continuously improve them. Tools will enable teachers and mentors to track learners’ progress and provide support. The initial release will be available in several major languages. Together, we can unlock the potential of hundreds of millions of people for generations to come.
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StephaneGrappelli (28 days ago)
What's news with that? When will Khan Academy provide some sort of certification?
Yunni (2 months ago)
So is Khan Academy like an online school.
Sreehari Acharya (6 months ago)
who else here are from quora
Bonita Emerson (1 year ago)
my 18 year old is using Khan Academy for his homeschool
Shakoure Char (1 year ago)
Let's not forget, awesome success stories can also come from those once incarcerated. Here's one that needs your help... https://www.gofundme.com/Transcending
Andrea Cruz (1 year ago)
I can't explain how I exited I was when I was watching this video a few minutes ago. This is a brilliant idea that come from the mind of an unselfish organization that has benefit millions of people for free. In this extremely greedy world we need people like this, we need people who has a passion for helping, people who can offer an opportunity without any self-interest, people that believes in people and not only in money. I can see that this idea has a great potential in reducing global extreme poverty by giving low income people an opportunity to study and have a better job instead of going into very low paying jobs, crime, prostitution, etc. I really wish I could join Khan Academy to make this idea possible, mean while I will share and share this video!
Psb biaku (1 year ago)
he is more eligible then malala
Lilac (1 year ago)
Sal Kahn is seriously an inspiration to me, and I think he can indeed change the world. He'll always be someone I look up to.
Sara someone (1 year ago)
Love khan academy use it for math and computer programming. Its so convienent and easy to use!
Quoc Hung (1 year ago)
I really admire your selfless effort in contributing to education, Sal Khan.
Fiona Stapleton (1 year ago)
Do you give free teslas if I subscribe?
Jasmine Summer (1 year ago)
I'd love to see Khan Academy (and university) teachers and students collaborating to build content and translate it :)
MD.Riyaz Uddin (1 year ago)
thank you sir.
CX Chia (1 year ago)
hate khan
Hermeneutico Fisico (1 year ago)
i love you khan, live the science and knowledge, i hope make videos of the university too ( like groupe theory, quantum mechanics) or to learn languages (spanish,french,english) ...gretings from lima - peru
Bailey Hollis (2 years ago)
This guy should be president.
Arnold Comy (2 years ago)
great idea
n2ecosystems (2 years ago)
Sal Khan has come up with a revolutionary idea that makes possible the advancement of any willing person no matter their financial situation to become a superiorly educated individual. Thus opening doors to those for whom traditionally would be closed, in the past education was often granted only to those of the wealthy which served an elitist type society. Until, now things really haven't changed that much, college and university costs are increasing, meanwhile the average median income for a single parent is an abysmal $24,000 annually. Thanks to Sal's superlative academy we all now have the quintessential means in which to succeed in becoming an erudite, prosperous and even possibly a juggernaut.
William Daniels (2 years ago)
I absolutely HATE to be that guy, but this is a steep hill to climb. Colleges are like businesses, you pay them in exchange for their services and food and what not. If you can get a diploma from the comfort of your (pretty messy in my case) computer desk at home, on your own time, FOR FREE, colleges will fight that tooth and nail. I'm still giving you $35 for it tough.
Khan Ukkasha Farqaleet (2 years ago)
Sal for president sal Khan 2020
Ahmad Amano (2 years ago)
thank u do u have a site to practice on
Bryant Silva (2 years ago)
I feel so smart
Marian Millan (2 years ago)
Khan Academy really changed my life I'm learning now above my level in in fifth grade and in a high school level
Alice Dourountaki (2 years ago)
You are the best thing regarding education. Making Aaron Swartz's vision real. Thank you Khan and i hope you become even greater :)
Tamanna Islam (2 years ago)
Wow good👍👍
Bill Hamilton (2 years ago)
I believe in that as well.
Yuhui Liu (2 years ago)
<3 Khan Academy! I believe in you and I believe in us.
Legend of Zelda (2 years ago)
Sunny shah (2 years ago)
Diploma is just a piece of paper saying You studied at this University it doesn't show how well skilled or knowledgable you are A person who is truly smart is the one who understands and knows what he is doing
이동재 (2 years ago)
beyound the limitation of time and space by khan academy.
Cristal Garcia-Alonso (2 years ago)
I came across this channel to help me with my microeconomics project. I must say I didn't know about the purpose of Khan Academy and I am so happy and astonished by this great way of outreach. This in a way matches my goal, which is reaching out to those who don't have education and giving them education, whether it is adults or students. The videos are great and help a lot and I must say this is an amazing way to stretch education. I'm praying for you guys and hoping God works through you guys! Prayers and all the best luck to you guys! I love this outreach so much all the best luck and continue to change lives!
fabio viana (2 years ago)
Sunayna Chowdhary (2 years ago)
this is awesome! how can I help?
The Hidden (2 years ago)
again an india. ...
Erfan Atashgahi (2 years ago)
how can we help? can we produce content?
Citizen Survivor (2 years ago)
So what you're saying is ANYONE can get a world class higher education diploma. In other words... if I had a piece of gold that was the size of Mount Kilimanjaro... gold would still have value? If EVERYONE can have a world class higher education diploma what does this do to the value of that diploma? Be honest... the fact that millions (and millions) of people lack the "skills" and "credentials" necessary to create a global economy factually gives the people that DO possess the "skills" and "credentials" the ability to create a global economy the incentive. Otherwise the "global economy" exists solely based on the fact that "everyone" has the necessary skills to create an economy... and they quite simply do not.
Asiya Fatima (2 years ago)
Honestly Khan Academy, you guys are amazing ...Khan Academy has literally made the most difficult chapters simplified and interesting!!! Great job Khan Academy ! 👍🏻👏🏻😄
Ace Attitude (2 years ago)
Music247 (2 years ago)
just have to say I hate Khan Academy because of its rigged system!!
Abdullah (2 years ago)
The secret of my success .
Carlos Steven Carty (2 years ago)
I think Khan Academy should provide reading comprehension video lessons and practice questions.
Marianne (2 years ago)
THIS IS AMAZING! Thank you!!! :) And Malala Yousafzai is really incredible, it's so awesome that she is part of this as well. :)))
Terence Bossert (2 years ago)
Seems like a great idea.
RentBoston (2 years ago)
love love love love love love.
JesusAndTacos (2 years ago)
Raz (2 years ago)
What a great person
Garfield100 (2 years ago)
I learned most of my programming skills on khan academy. Thank you for that. This is an awesome idea and would probably change the world!
Sam Jason (2 years ago)
Thank you for everything!
Ashante Zagre (2 years ago)
Sal's vision is amazing and well aligned with my values, no one should be denied an opportunity to reach their full potential. I support the mission. Keep up the good work!
Rebecca Susan Saul (2 years ago)
It has been predicted by many that traditional schools as we know them today will be almost extinct within the next 10 years. Everything, almost, will be on line.
Costin N. (2 years ago)
Costin N. (2 years ago)
I'm in middle school 3'd grade and Khan Academy learn many things and still learns me!
Costin N. (2 years ago)
I also believe we can do this!
awa de uwu (2 years ago)
prateek gurjar (2 years ago)
:'D Wow
Proudest Mom (2 years ago)
nice video
TheDoitlater (2 years ago)
The largest hurdle to this that I see in the US is that teachers and their associations do not want to change the status quo. They prefer to teach to recognition only because teaching to mastery would require them to invest more time into each student. Another problem I have seen is that educators teach the way they were taught, which in traditional education, is to recognition. That's why there are report cards with grades on them. A subject taught to mastery does not need a grade just a pass or try again. An example of a class taught to mastery is a SCUBA class. SCUBA divers must master the skills required to dive properly or risk injury or death. Mastery is a prerequisite to being certified to dive without professional supervision. What would happen if a SCUBA class was taught to recognition standards? Let's say, for simplicity sake, that to pass a SCUBA class a score of 75% is required. A class of 4 new divers comes along and 3 of them get 100%, but the 4th just barely passes with the minimum of 75%, but he passes. Now those 4 divers go out diving after being certified. That 4th diver, who didn't understand 25% of the material, encounters a problem that was covered in that 25%. The 4th diver ends up panicking and drowning. During the investigation to the diver's death the police ask the SCUBA Instructor why the certification was awarded, and the Instructor points to the divers score and says "75% is considered passing". What if the instructor was only proficient in teaching 75% of the material so all of the students were missing the 25%? Teaching to mastery is the only way to ensure the subject is understood and can be built on without gaps. If tomorrows teachers are taught to mastery and taught how to teach to mastery then our education system will be masterful.
Rachel Lee (2 years ago)
I really like this idea. I've been using Khan academy & I love that I can learn what I want to learn at my own pace.
Mafamu Amir (2 years ago)
Great step taken by Khan Academy .
CaduTech (2 years ago)
Khan Academy is a paradise for those who wish to learn and improve their skills. One more excellent video.
Katarina (2 years ago)
Sal, you're a modern day hero.
very helpful
Chirayu Vashist (2 years ago)
Great Work
Buddy (2 years ago)
I've heard from all my friends in public school and over half of them use KH to help them with their school because it describes it better and helps them learn it faster then any kind of book or homework. Also 100% of the time when I asked them which they would rather it would be KH over their schools.
Nico B (2 years ago)
Khan academy is great, let's do it
Nico B (2 years ago)
That's cool
Saahith J (2 years ago)
This is so cool. This mission that you guys are on it is a huge and daunting one. When I read about this idea of 'universal diplomas' from the One World Schoolhouse, I was astounded by the idea but didn't think it would come this fast. I hope you win the grant and get it done. Thanks for everything. You guys are awesome!
Dabid Lopez (2 years ago)
This is amazing. I can only imagine how much Khan Academy will be able to achieve with such a large grant given how much they have already accomplished.
Mel & Nao Brooks (2 years ago)
My sister, Melanie would love to help you get the diplomas and change the world. How can she help?
Foxtrot715 (2 years ago)
So Fun
Joyce Reed (2 years ago)
I completely agree!. How can we help and support the nomination for the MacArthur grant? It would be perfect . . . World-changing!!
Yoann Nouveau (2 years ago)
Bringing world class education to anyone, anywhere, in truly easy to understand and follow format where you can move at your own pace. That's the biggest revolution there's been in education in like 150years+. A truly noble cause that deserves to be freed from what causes most inequality to those seeking to educate themselves: money and location. How come Khan isn't minister of Education ? He's doing more than most in that field...
Heather Hildeman (2 years ago)
Go Sal & Khan Academy! In the year 2016 there should be no barriers to education and economic opportunity.
R.B. (2 years ago)
Fuck yeah.
poorna yellampally (2 years ago)
Great, my daughter following khan academy for maths, thanks! to khan academy.
Maria D (2 years ago)
Khan Academy is a wondeful educational website for learners all over the world. accesible and free. :)
atif Mohamed (2 years ago)
thank you so much.you help me really.thanks khan
LaVerne McIntosh (2 years ago)
Fantastic idea! Go for it
Madhusudan Bandreddy (2 years ago)
I understand the need for an initiative of this nature as I am working on a similar initiative to provide skill development to working executives, job seekers, students appearing for competitive examinations and home makers. I sincerely hope and pray that Sal Khan will be successful in getting the grant and that can change the lives of million of people both in the organized and unorganized sectors. Good Luck Sal Khan
Andrea Refosco (2 years ago)
Andrea Refosco (2 years ago)
ranganath vura (2 years ago)
I support
Caela Padilla (2 years ago)
Love this. How is it different from Coursera though?
alkmene100 (2 years ago)
Great!! Great!! Great!! That is the way you can change the world to a better place. Thanks so much!
Mel & Nao Brooks (2 years ago)
We agree.
Robert Kalaš (2 years ago)
Awesome job Khan Academy! Keep rocking :)
Teagan P (2 years ago)
Cool, I used to think about how they should do this, how can we help?
ohsnapiam59 (2 years ago)
What an amazing idea and guy! I use Khan Academy.
Mikkel Sharwar (2 years ago)
*yea but I bet traditional universities don't like this idea bcuz then ppl will be able to get free diplomas/degrees online, and not need to pay money to attend a university*
Ryan Wagner (2 years ago)
Dude. You and your team are amazing and have incredible vision. You are creating disruptive and innovative educational paradigm shifts. Awesome. Simply awesome.
Daphne Pang (2 years ago)
I would love to see this happen.
Uday Vissa (2 years ago)
All in favor, wrote a comment!
Uday Vissa (2 years ago)
Let's go Khan Academy!!!!
Nico Arete (2 years ago)
This is amazing.
ryanxj9000 (2 years ago)
Who is giving this a thumbs down??!!
Amy Henry (2 years ago)
INCREDIBLE heart! This is revolutionary. Thank you guys!
Novitatis Veritatis (2 years ago)
This is awesome.
DnS Crock (2 years ago)
I work with an NGO that serves the people in Myanmar. I have watched many Khan academy video's and feel this program would be of great value if we could get internet and computers into the villages we serve. The next problem I encounter is the practicing of the concepts. Is there a set of "worksheet" on line that allow a student to practice the problems they learn to solve in the videos. These are very poor villages and textbooks are not available. We could have individual white boards or notebooks to practice but it would be nice to have problem sets. Any suggestions?
Whakarongotai Nikora (2 years ago)
THIS IS AWESOME! You guys rock, the way of the future :)
Bailey lol (2 years ago)
This makes me so fucking happy to see god fucking bless.
jblitz59 (2 years ago)
Great idea and great company to bring it to fruition. A startup company would not be able to handle the sheer volume, but Khan Academy with its established partnerships with colleges, high schools and experienced base would. What concerns is that like the F35 was doomed by trying to incorporate all of the expectations of different specialized jets into one, would Khan Academy be able to draft curriculums which would deliver significant results in specialized fields. Like Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. And not just make mechanical and industrial combined into one engineering degree. Likewise, there are thousands of degrees and not all translate to marketable jobs, how will they decided which to pursue and which not? This will be a big question as this evolves since world education will shift world progress in big waves. If you only have certain degrees we may have excess supplies in those fields causing massive career changes like pay cuts or layoffs.

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