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-- -- -- He's not your typical YouTube sensation but his videos have grabbed the attention of Google and gates -- can just started by teaching his cousin algebra online.
And ended up creating an educational system that now reaches.
Millions and millions of students across the globe pretty much doing -- what basic school boards cannot do joining me now in -- first on Fox Business interview is con academy founder and executive director.
South -- it is great to see you thank you so much to tell you when I told my ten year old daughter I have.
But guy who started Khan academy she said.
-- -- -- you bring it to my school effect you're rock star in the world of education in a world where there are very few rock stars yes the world of algebra does not -- -- -- That's very true -- -- weren't Smart he went into very did it.
Business here it's not a business it's non profit for you and you are you are supported by people like Bill Gates and Google and John -- big investors but.
Last I checked you at a 160 million video views senior -- also with the web -- as well but at MI and behind on that what -- you what we're we're now at at we just crossed 200 million lessons delivered what.
-- your little behind a little behind.
And and you've got a lot of attention -- -- sixty minutes piece everybody talks about but.
What you're doing is working a tell us in a nutshell the Genesis of how he started -- academy.
Yeah it as if you touched on it started with me tutoring my cousins.
And then I just drug free videos of their -- augmented by because you felt the textbooks are boring and didn't quite you know it was a friend who suggested and I thought of the silly idea of what you you know YouTube was for cats playing piano that's -- -- -- about.
But I give it a shot my cousins famously told me that they -- me better on YouTube that in person.
So I just kept going in and start -- some software around it is while I'm done before we knew -- -- 2009 so the not for profit quit my old job as a hedge fund analyst.
And that I -- vs history.
Well you know people like you tend to say well wasn't that difficult but the fact is that nobody in the past twenty years has been able to capture the mines.
Of children when it comes to mathematics -- -- by the way all the way through to adult education you've got three degrees from MIT.
Two bachelor of sciences and then one of course a masters -- science but electrical engineer I -- your.
OK let's face it you your very very Smart.
But Smart people sometimes tend to look at minutia and they're not that interesting to talk about yet you -- to put together some of these videos and we pull them up on one of my computers because.
You know what not what my daughter this year started fifth grade she wasn't exactly happening.
The best time with that and that's classic with a lot of people when it comes to math.
Especially multiplication and now she's getting.
100 per cents on her tests now I attribute a lot of that are teachers but also com academy helped her.
Work through things which get the idea to make it as simple as just.
Look at what the chalk board and then writing all the questions the kids might happen when you go down conceal all of the questions and you're able to then articulate.
You know I think it was a blessing that is start off of my cousins you know from day one it was this big highly -- thing I might have gone the route of traditional publishers and a computer graphics and all the rest without all this money and all this money but you know it it looks like some guy speaking to his cousins in -- way -- but focusing on intuition and a very approachable way conversational way respectful way.
I think it shows that there is a much larger need for that than than anyone could get.
It's also going overseas -- in many different countries but also in countries where they don't have enough teachers India for example.
Kids who don't have enough math teachers are going on to con academy where else are you seeing real adoption of this.
Just an amazing obviously in the US is most of our adoption but we've translated into twelve languages Spanish Portuguese can be many many others we have other groups that are taking him into orphanages take -- other places.
We've heard it being used in prisons where the is that people -- there and this is a way for them to actually improve themselves.
We've heard of it being used by the students who are -- hospitalized for long periods of time they can keep up with the school work so it's it's it's really been amazing to see how it's used.
The critics and and it doesn't surprise me that there apparently they called journalist like me who think it's great that -- -- sickle fancy another set everybody's salivating over -- And that.
You -- used to it I love this -- alarmingly devoid of content knowledge well all I can say is that it's working for my children and everybody's children that I know.
But what do you say to that kind of criticism.
I think it's.
When people look at the stuff initially and you just -- -- for few seconds it looks like those are some guy talking about something like -- I thought -- content was computer graphics and fireworks and some -- -- -- Ph.D.s talking.
But I I think the the what does the students are telling us and anything is like 20000 teachers as well and there's the the astrophysicist being would just said that he uses con academy to review all.
Material so there's a lot of very credible people lot of folks at MIT you've been using it for their students and things like that.
So I think it's just said that it it's what people expected when they thought something that would be reaching a lot of people.
Well we -- -- the best of luck it also deals not just in math but humanities and a whole bunch of other host of issues but.
Come back again and let's try and fix the US school system that drug okay we'd love it thank you very much.
-- con of con academy check it out you have to see this website seriously to me.
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