CONSERVATIVES PROPERLY BEMOAN the state of education in America. Our K-12 system exists to benefit teachers, not students, who perform poorly next to their peers from comparable first world countries. Higher ed isn’t in any better shape. But just when you think things can’t get any worse, they don’t. We’re on the cusp of a revolution that will blow up the education system in America, top to bottom.
It’s going to be a revolution that puts students in charge. Today, thanks to the incredible resources of the Internet. TED talks—keynote speeches by some of today’s most brilliant minds—are available for anyone to watch online. Sal Khan, the founder of the interactive, game-based Khan Academy, has 10 million students per month using his lessons and hopes to increase that to 50 million. With all of these new resources, we can deliver a transformational education for a fraction of the cost, and equip students to take charge of their own learning. It’s beginning to happen here, and it’s happening elsewhere. Right now, in Mongolia, some child in a hut is taking the first steps towards a Nobel Prize.
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