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A Day at the Khan Lab School
Education Next | Fall 2015

Jason Tanz takes a close look at the Khan Lab School  in Mountain View, California for Wired magazine. The private school was founded by Salman Khan, who earlier launched Khan Academy, which now offers thousands of free instructional videos online.

Tanz explains

His goal isn’t just to build one fancy school but to develop and test a new model of learning that can be exported to other schools around the country and the world. His team is diligently recording and tracking every student’s progress and sharing the findings with their parents and the staff, an open source approach to educational innovation. In this view, the Lab School kids are guinea pigs, the eggs in the omelet, willingly subjecting themselves to new ideas that have never been tried before, then adapting and adjusting and trying again.

“This is a lab for establishing new theories that could affect the rest of the planet,” Khan says. “The whole point is to catalyze change.”


A student from the Khan Lab School describes what a typical day is like in this first-person piece in the Fall 2015 issue of Education Next.

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