Internet education giant Khan Academy is venturing into new territory: Interactive, graphics-based online programming courses available for web and mobile. The new Khan Academy Computer Science courses, which are launching today, brings Khan Academy into direct competition with established free learn-to-code sites such as Codecademy and Programr. Khan Academy’s programming courses are aimed at absolute beginners, and teach users how to make simple drawings and artwork via code.
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"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."
“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.”
Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. He speaks about the "the dead culture" of continuous and standardized testing in our schools and how our education system is stunting our creativity.
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