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From Online Education Pioneer, A School With Real Classrooms

Posted June 30th 2016

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via NPR

Khan Academy has helped millions of people around the world — perhaps hundreds of millions — learn math, science and other subjects for free. But these days, just one flight of stairs down from Sal Khan’s office, there is a real school that couldn’t be more different in form and structure from those online lectures.

Most Fridays, the lunch option includes a Socratic dialogue with Khan himself on a wide range of issues, ideas and trends. “So the last couple of seminars we’ve been talking about technologies that will potentially change the world,” the 39-year-old Louisiana native tells the students. “We did self-driving cars, virtual reality; we talked about life extension, and robots.”

He’s sitting on a picnic table with a small group of seventh- and eighth-graders, who are nibbling on their lunches. The seminar topic when I visited? The prospects and perils of artificial intelligence.