I've noticed some online murmuring about Khan Academy. The critique is that it is imperfect and maybe not as ground breaking as we all thought. Meh.
I have loved Khan Academy since the day I found it a few years ago, but as much as I like it, I have had problems with the videos themselves.
First, Salman Khan is a quiet speaker. I have to strain or use earphone to hear most of the videos.
Second, there's not always enough background in a particular subject information to move you forward.
Third, as much as homeschoolers would like it to be, for the reason listed directly above, it is not a full homeschool curriculum. Instead it is a tool best used for review of concepts a student does not understand.
For what it is. It is AWESOME.
While I don't love the videos themselves, I do love the format and program that allows a student to test through the levels of math, refresh their skills, and even move ahead.
So while it is imperfect. I do believe it is groundbreaking.... and free.
The next best program, ALEKS.com costs $20.00 ($240 a year) per month, and doesn't use videos, but step-by-step examples. It does work as a stand a lone curriculum, and my daughter preferred it over Khan Academy.
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