Changing the way the world thinks about education…
Maybe we can use their story to help us come up with a way to change the way the world thinks about food.
Take a few minutes and learn about the amazing Khan Academy—I first heard about it on Sunday night. On 3-11-12, 60 Minutes aired a segment about a most remarkable teacher (35-year old Sal Khan) who is revolutionizing the way we learn.
Originally working out of a closet in his home, he is now reaching millions of students with an audacious mission: providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. With 3 degrees from M.I.T. and a Harvard MBA, Sal began by tutoring some cousins and then got the idea to offer his lessons to anyone, anywhere.
So he quit his job as a hedge fund manager in 2009 and went to work full-time above a tea shop in the silicon valley. Now Khan Academy is going global.
Backed by Google, Gates, and other Internet powerhouses (to the tune of about $15 million), Sal Khan now has over 3,000 lectures with more than 4 million students every month. Through yesterday, he had delivered almost 130 million lessons.
You should get to know this remarkable young man. (two minutes)
He says he’s an “education entrepreneur” because he can’t think of any better way to impact the world.
Bill Gates says he’s started a revolution. (two minutes)
So, how do we teach the world about food? Well, it would help if we Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO) were on board. Once they realized the staggering global impact of dispelling the “protein myth,” we could simply leverage technology like the Khan Academy to spread the word.
Mr. Gates and Mr. Schmidt both seem to appreciate the concepts of “thinking outside the box” or “pushing the envelope.”
Once they learn what a shift to plant-based eating could do for global issues like health care, climate change, environment, the energy crisis and world hunger—they would be able to generate a lot of energy around the concept of teaching these simple truths to the world.
I am certain that Dr. Campbell, Esselstyn, Ornish and many other prominent experts would be interested in collaborating with the likes of Gates, Schmidt, and Khan on a plan to help people everywhere take charge of their health—while at the same time, doing some wonderful things the entire world.
Watch the entire 60 Minutes segment that features Google CEO Eric Schmidt talking about how Sal Khan, the entrepreneur and educator, influences programs like Dell technology in education and inspiring everyone from Bill Gates & Eric Schmidt to students and teachers everywhere. Khan has figured out a way to leverage the power of IT in the classroom—and he’s done it in a way that has gone far beyond what traditional educators have done.
Click here to watch this 13-minute segment with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. (This video also includes a little advertising.)
Finally, take a look at the Khan Academy website itself. www.KhanAcademy.org
Maybe, like Sal Khan, we can all become “food entrepreneurs” and work together to change the way the world thinks about food. Like him, I can’t think of any better way to impact the world.
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