The Man Who Transformed Education: Salman Khan


Salman Khan is an educator and social entrepreneur born in 1976 in New Orleans. The quality of his education; It comes from its original and creative ideas, extraordinary vision and strong effort. He put his strong idea of education into practice in 2006, when he was just 30 years old. This idea, which he brought to life, would be an important breakthrough both for himself and for education, and a light that could be seen from all over the world. He got to work with the guidance of a lesson video he had prepared for his younger cousin. Khan Academy, which was founded with small moves in those days, is today the largest classroom in the world. How impressive!

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First, he uploaded a lecture video he had prepared to teach his little cousin, who lives in a different city than himself, to YouTube. As time went on, the number of these lecture videos increased. She received impressive comments and letters from the many people who watched her videos. With the strength he received from these supports, he quit his job as a fund analyst in 2009. “What more can I add to this world?” he began by asking. He knew that the most valuable thing he had with him on this journey was his knowledge.

Salman Khan; It has a technology-supported, human-oriented, educational approach aimed at complete learning. He always advocates the understanding of personalized learning and the principle of equal opportunity. He is aware that not all people have the same chance. He brought his ideas about life and education to Khan Academy. Today, the Khan Academy ideology has emerged. Khan Academy; operates as a non-profit online education platform that aims to provide world-class and free education opportunities to everyone, everywhere, and to support the strengthening of equal opportunities in education. This organization has over 150 employees who teach more than 1.5 billion courses worldwide.

Khan Academy courses are translated into 36 languages, including Turkish, and are used in 190 countries. Khan Academy Turkish is the first representative of Khan Academy in the international expansion process. Today, this platform is used in various projects in some public and private schools in our country. You can take advantage of the courses of this platform as well as take part in the work of this organization.

Salman Khan; He holds degrees in mathematics and electronics engineering, higher computer engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He prepares most of the courses himself at Khan Academy, which he founded alone in 2006. He is known as the ‘man who transforms education’ and is referred to as the person who brings the education of the future to the present. He has been featured in magazines such as Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and has been selected as one of the 100 most important people in the world by the Times and one of the 40 most important people under the age of 40 by Fortune magazine, with his innovative approach to education. He was awarded as the “Entrepreneurship Ambassador” by US President Obama, and in 2018, he received the Most Visionary Leader of the Year award given by the San Francisco Chronicle.

My call to students and teachers who haven’t noticed yet: don’t delay any longer to try Khan Academy! Don’t forget to be inspired by the extraordinary story of Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy and one of the most popular names in education reform all over the world.

Salman Khan: “Try and fail, but finally learn completely!”


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