Robb relays a story about Khan private schools. In it, teachers who review Khan Academy's curriculum had this critique.
"Khan’s programmer, Ben Kamens, has heard from teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”
Get that?! So there's a teaching method that works beautifully and what do the public school teachers wonder? How do we change it so that we can impede student progress and learning? Sadly this is not unusual. I learned plenty outside of school doing my own reading on my own time. My parents encouraged this. I openly questioned things I learned in the classroom and found alternate viewpoints myself. It seems more and more true as I've gotten older that the school system is NOT designed to teach citizens how to think for themselves, but for conformity and indoctrination.
In first grade the teacher and school administrators wanted to hold me back a year. No, not because I had any learning problems, but because I was smaller than all of the other kids because of my CP. They were worried I might get hurt. They wanted to impede my learning for no reason other than my physical size. After a few weeks of being held back, a teacher complaining about my being bored out of my mind, and my parents getting on the administrators they put me in the correct grade. Thank god they did.