Sal Khan teaches math, science, and history to millions of students, but none has ever seen his face.
Khan is the voice and brains behind the Khan Academy–a free online tutoring site that was born out of a young cousin’s struggles with algebra in 1994. His classroom has grown from a few hundred pupils to more than 4 million a month.
Khan, 35, believes he can transform education worldwide, and his approach is now being tested in American schools. Along the way, the former hedge fund analyst has won the support of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who calls Khan “a teacher of the world.”
“Innovation never comes from the established institutions,” Schmidt says. “It’s always a graduate student or a crazy person or somebody with a great vision. Sal is that person in education in my view.”
He has since founded a nonprofit with a simple but ambitious goal: “to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” CBS’ news magazine “60 Minutes” caught up with Khan at his startup’s tiny office, located above a tea shop in Silicon Valley.
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