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What if Khan Academy was Made in Japan?

This past week, a loyal reader and reflective math educator (M.J., Bellingham) sent me a video link, with the words "Please share on your website."

So, I do so...but first let me include M.J.'s other e-mail notes that the "13 min. go fast... Highlights are:

  • 2:15 premise
  • 3:15, 3:25 makes me feel ill and sad
  • 5:00 very important"
And now the video What if Khan Academy was made in Japan?....

M.J. adds: "It's a long story as to what prompted this video. The abridged edition is that there was a contest to make a video that would give constructive criticism to Khan Academy, so that perhaps the popular website might become more useful/thoughtful. This is the winning entry, made by a teacher, Michael Pershan, 3rd year HS teacher in NY, Math degree Harvard. etc and great blogger (I am avid follower, clever fellow).

I think he mostly hits the mark on what should happen in a mathematics classroom. It's not perfect (I don't completely agree with his lesson specifically at the end, but I agree with his intent.) Very well done as constructive review and great insight connecting TIMMS."

Again, as part of the resources and websites for this next year, I am trying to suggest an on-line video(s) each month. Thus, if you have a favorite video (e.g. YouTube, TeacherTube, whatever....), please send the link to me (with your comments?) and I will try to include it and share it with others.