Thursday, May 26, 2011
Check out the video above to see Salman Khan's presentation at the TED conference. I blogged about him here. The back story is that Mr. Khan created video tutorials to share with his cousin Nadia whom he was tutoring in math, and his videos went viral. He began recording more and more videos after the positive feedback, and now he runs a non-profit that shares videos and makes education free. Salman Khan is a former hedge fund guy with three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. If you go to the Khan Academy website, you can see all the subjects that he teaches, including astronomy, economics, chemistry, physics, math, etc. It's amazing how much this guy knows.
If you have a kid, sign him/her up. If you do, your child can watch the tutorials and complete the exercises, and the system remembers and charts your child's progress. I just signed up my four-year-old son yesterday through my gmail account, and he loves it. It's not often I say that you have to do something, but if you're a parent who wants access to a great (and free) educational tool, you have to do this!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sunday, May 08, 2011
How concerned should I be that without the creepy music and with the substitution of an event more benign and commonplace Mrs. Bates sounds like my mother (or any Tiger Mom)?
I couldn’t feasibly write about Mother’s Day this year without mentioning the Tiger Mother.
I joke that my mother and I cannot spend more than two hours in a room together before we start arguing. I like to say that my mother are alike in all the wrong ways and I am like my father in all the right ways (my mother divorced my father when I started college).
Mother’s Day makes me think of James Cagney standing tall atop a fiery oil tank in White Heat – Triumphant despite the facts – Boom!
The other thing that comes to mind is that “Mother’s song.” The one that goes, “M is for the million things she gave me…” The one I don’t know the rest of the words to.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase “Mother’s Day” was trademarked in 1912, making the singular possessive “Mother’s” the official way to spell “Mother’s Day.” On Mother’s Day we recognize mothers and thank them for the “million things.”
I posted some thoughts on these “things” on my blog: Click Here.