Some of you know that my oldest son worked this summer as an intern for Khan Academy. Their stated mission is to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” If you think that’s all very well, but not really relevant to you, I challenge you to try to hold on to that opinion once you’ve seen this 91 second video.
Doesn’t it make you want to learn something new? Khan Academy makes it really easy to do. Ninja mastered all the topics for fourth grade math in a relatively short time using Khan Academy this year, and Fiddler used it to prepare for the GRE. Loquita used it to figure out a bunch of trigonometry. I’m getting started learning some things about art history.
But back to the video: one of my favorite lines is this: Failing is just another word for growing. It may not feel that way while you’re in the middle of the failing, I know. But I believe it to be true. I also understand the temptation to hold still to avoid making any mistakes, but down that path lies the stiffening up that eventually turns you to stone. When we try something, we might get it wrong. When we venture, we may stumble. But as the video says, we’re born to learn. I say we shouldn’t argue with destiny. It’s time to choose what we want to learn next.
Think of the possibilities!