'A Bit Of A Montessori 2.0': Kahn Academy Opens A Lab School

Eric Westervelt, Jan 05, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I confess I don't see the logic of this. The Khan Academy, which defines its core duty as helping provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere," has opened a "new $23,000 a year ($25,000 for grades 6-12) brick-and-mortar Khan Lab School in Silicon Valley." Sure, I can see the business model: give the people who can afford such a thing good progressive "Montessori 2.0" education for their children. "We don't just want to create another one-off, progressive, private school," says Khan. "So everything that we're doing in this lab school we're sharing — we're sharing with local public, private schools." Sorry, this is just ridiculous. Schools - including private schools - share their work with each other. A lot. So Khan isn't pioneering anything, really. He's just executing a business plan.

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