MTT2K - Episode 1





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Published on Jun 18, 2012

Two teachers sit down to learn about math teaching from a man who is Bill Gates' favorite teacher.

Our primary purpose with this video was to get a conversation started. We realized that the satire would put some people off but many teachers have tried to engage Khan Academy in a reasonable discussion and present their case to the media about issues with this approach with little to show for it. Now that the conversation has started and Sal himself has said he is listening and looks forward to more critiques, the time has come to raise the level of the discussion. That is why several bloggers have suggested 101 Critiques and Lessons.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/c...

We are looking for at least 101 bloggers to offer a video critique of a Khan Academy video and then share an alternative lesson on that concept. The goal is for all the participants to post the critiques and lessons on August 14th (the day before the deadline for the MTT2K prize). Perhaps the sheer volume of resources will convince the media to acknowledge that while Sal Khan's approach has it's place, he could still learn something from teachers.

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And yet they make no videos explaining this stuff. They just sit there like a couple of teenage girls nitpicking at every little thing someone else does because they're jealous of them.
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Charles Ross
Wow. This is beyond stupid. Basically, two mediocre, bitter men criticize someone who has, for free, enabled me to access a huge amount of knowledge at my fingertips. No, Sal Khan is not perfect. He did, however, go to MIT for mathematics, meaning he's forgotten more math than these two clowns.  I am fine with critiquing Khan, in fact, you can report errors on his videos. But these guys are complaining about things like "2 *2? How unprofessional!" Sal is trying to do a noble thing, and these guys are more interested in nitpicking. You know what, after watching Sal Khan's videos and reading a textbook, I've been able to correctly learn about multi-variable calculus. Right now I'm learning about Green's Theorem. But these idiots probably don't know what that is...
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James Zawacki
Yup, these guys are clowns.  I can see why their students have so much problems learning this lesson from them (or any lesson, for that matter).  I was hoping to learn something that might actually make me question if I should use the Khan Academy with my children.  After watching this and the fact that everything they talked over seemed pretty strait forward to me, I'll have to keep looking.
Free Education is a potential threat to the pay of state funded teachers. No wonder they are hating on Khan.
This is actually pretty hilarious. "I teach for hours on this!"... on a subject so simple as this.. that my friends, is why our public education is pathetic.
Jerry French
This video makes me sad.  Khan has helped me in math and chemistry.  His videos are a good SUPPLEMENT to lectures, textbooks, and other resources.  At least Khan knows how to adjust his volume settings before uploading to YouTube..
Jon Lin
This makes me pity mankind. Pathetic individuals.
Carl Hancock
I find it funny 2 mathematicians couldn't figure out how to put the Khan video in full screen mode on the projector so that it filled the screen. I haven't used Khan Academy, but I'm familiar with its mission, purpose and know friends that have used it as an added tool in the education of their children with very positive results. It's sad to see other teachers taking shots at it. There's more productive ways to point out flaws or issues in a curriculum, learning method or educational program than snarky videos. You just look like bitter middle aged white dudes who wish they'd come up with the idea first. But I guess this illustrates what the Internet has become, and as a result our society as a whole. A very cynical place.
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Aaron Bowers
Here are two grown men. Acting like fools. Mocking another man for making an attempt to build a repository of knowledge accessible to all!
Cristian Estrada
Everytime I watch a video like this I think that this people wake up in the morning with a chilli pepper stuck in their asses.
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