The state of Idaho’s educational bureaucracy next year will allow public school students in two dozen schools to take Khan Academy’s free courses for full credit. This is a test.
This is a huge breakthrough for liberty. It means that a state has tentatively accepted the idea that online education that is provided by a legally independent third party who is not in any way under control of the state’s educational establishment may be as good as classroom education.
This means that the state has officially admitted publicly that a tuition-free digital education may be equal academically to a campus-based education that costs on average $11,000 a year in the United States.
This means that a teacher with no certification by an education department in any college may be equal to a certified teacher.
This means that the teachers’ union may not be academically indispensable.
This means that homeschooling may be as good as state-certified, tax-funded, campus-based education.
The students will probably do as well or better than students who do not use Khan Academy. Then what will the state’s educational bureaucracy do to keep this from spreading?
This is the first domino to fall. It will not be the last. Other states will follow.
This is a pass/fail test for public education. If Khan Academy passes, public education will officially fail.