Inspiring example of the virtues of self-paced learning, from a talk at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. We’re not following this curriculum — we’re using K12.com, through Broward Virtual School, part of our county’s school system — but the goals are the same.
Particularly key is the principle of making sure a student masters a skill before moving on to the next, which hasn’t traditionally been possible with mass education, public, private, or charter. That’s why it’s so exciting to see Khan Academy experimenting with ways this mode of education can be brought into the public schools and scaled up. I believe that could make a huge difference for the future of public education.