Salman Khan

  • Aired:  06/02/11
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Salman Khan hopes that anyone with an Internet connection will use his YouTube lessons to learn. (6:59)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT WANTSES TO

PROVIDE FREE EDUCATION TO

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD.

BIG DEAL.

I DO THAT EVERY NIGHT.

PLEASE WELCOME SALOMON KUAN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

MR. KUAN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

PLEASE.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: LET'S EXPLAIN TO

THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO MAY

NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

WITHOUT DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

HOW MANY STUDENTS HAVE YOU

TAUGHT SO FAR.

>> WE HAVE, WE HAVE

DELIVERED OVER 50 MILLION

LESSONS.

>> Stephen: 50 MILLION

LESSONS.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BY WE IS IT YOU?

>> I'M RIGHT NOW THE

FACULTY.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: THE SOLE

FACULTY.

>> RIGHT NOW.

YEAH.

RIGHT NOW.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

DO YOU PAY YOURSELF ANYTHING?

>> I USED TO, WELL, IT

STARTED OFF I WAS HELPING

OUT MY COUSINS AND I HAD

ANOTHER JOB AND THEY WERE --

>> HEDGE FUND GUYS.

>> I USED TO WORK AT A HEDGE

FUND.

>> DEGREE FROM MIT, A DEGREE

FROM HARVARD.

YOU WERE ON HEDGE FUND, CHA

CHING, PULLING IN CASH,

RIGHT.

>> YES.

>> BUT I WAS TUTORING MY

COUSINS IN NEW ORLEANS AND I

HAD A BUNCH OF COUSINS, ONES

THAT WORKED WITH ONE COUSIN,

I STARTED TUTORING MORE AND

MORE.

A FRIEND SAID INSTEAD OF

DOING THESE SEPARATE

SESSIONS AND YOU HAVE TO

REPEAT THE SEPARATE LECTURE

WHY DON'T YOU PUT IT ON

YOUTUBE SO I STARTED DOING

THAT.

I WAS DOING IN MYS CLOSET

FOR A WHILE AND FAST FORWARD

TO 2009, I QUIT MY JOB AND

NOW WE'RE NOT FOR PROFIT.

WE HAVE FUNDING SO I AM

TAKING A SALARY, THAT'S MY

ANSWER.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

SO YOU ARE GETTING PAID

SOMETHING.

>> I AM GETTING PAID

SOMETHING.

>> Stephen: MORE TO DO THIS

OR MORE TO BE A HEDGE FUND

MANAGER?

>> MORE TO BE A HEDGE FUND

MANAGER.

I'M NOT A HEDGE FUND MANAGER

BUT I'M GETTING PAID LESS

NOW.

>> Stephen: YES.

WHAT KIND OF ECONOMIC LESSON

IS THAT TO THIS SHOW.

>> YEAH, NO, IT'S-- I WILL

THINK ABOUT THAT ONE A

LITTLE BIT BUT YEAH, NO, I'M

HAPPIER NOW SO BECAUSE I'M

GETTING TO MAKE INTERESTING

LESSONS.

>> Stephen: GIVE THE PEOPLE

AT HOME AN EXAMPLE, THIS IS

A LITTLE MONTAGE OF SEVERAL

LESSONS.

IT GIVES AN IDEA OF THE SORT

OF VIDEOS YOU SEE AND THE

WAY YOU TEACH PEOPLE ON THE

INTERNET.

JIM?

>> SO THE HYPOTENUSE IS NOW

GOING TO BE FIVE.

THIS ANIMAL'S FOSSILS ARE

ONLY FOUND IN THIS AREA OF

SOUTH AMERICA.

NICE CLEAN BAND HERE.

AND THIS PART OF AFRICA.

WE COULD INTEGRATE OVER THE

SURFACE IN THE NO

NATION-- NOTATION TURBLY IS

A CAPITAL SIGMA, NATIONAL

ASSEMBLY, THEY CREATE THE

COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

WHICH SOUNDS LIKE A VERY

NICE COMMITTEE.

NOTICE THIS IS AN ALDAHYDE

AND AN ALCOHOL.

>> INTO AN EFFECTER AND

MEMORY SELLS.

>> A GAL AX THERE IS ANOTHER

GALAXY.

>> AND FOR DOLLARS IS THERE

30 MILLION PLUS THE 20

MILLION FROM THE AMERICAN

MANUFACTURER.

IF THIS DOES NOT BLOW YOUR

MIND, THEN YOU HAVE NO

EMOTION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: SO THAT'S NOT

THE MOST STANDARD WAY OF

TEACHING I'VE EVER SEEN.

>> NO, I MEAN I WAS DOING

FOR MY COUSINS AND YOU KNOW,

THEY WEREN'T PAYING ME SO I

JUST KIND OF DO IT VERY

CONVERSATIONALLY.

THEY ARE FEEDBACK WAS THAT

THEY LIKED ME BETTER ON

YOUTUBE THAN IN PERSON.

>> Stephen: .

>> FACE DOES NOT APPEAR T IS

JUST VOICE AND WRITING.

>> Stephen: AND DO YOU

HAPPEN TO AGREE-- HAVE A

DEGREE IN EDUCATION.

>> I DON'T HAVE A DEGREE IN

EDUCATION.

>> Stephen: COULD

YOU-- COULD YOU-- YOU COULD

TEACH A CLASS IN EDUCATION

AND THEN TAKE IT YOURSELF SO

YOU COULD HAVE ONE?

>> I WILL NO, BUT

POTENTIALLY I WILL THINK

ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: I LIKE THAT

ABOUT YOU.

BECAUSE I'M NO FAN OF

EXPERTS.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: AND YOU-- AND

YOU GET TO GO OUT THERE AND

BASICALLY JUST SAY HEY,

TRUST ME THIS IS THE WAY THE

WORLD WORKS, RIGHT.

>> EXACTLY, NO, EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: I DO THAT KIND

OF STUFF ON THIS TUBE EVERY

NIGHT.

BY THE WAY, THERE IS NO SUCH

THING AS NEGATIVE NUMBERS.

CAN'T HAVE LESS THAN 0,

RIGHT.

>> NO, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

>> Stephen: ALSO PII

EVENTUALLY DOES END.

BECAUSE IF IT WAS INFINITE

THE WORLD WOULD FILL WITH

NUMBERS.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: RIGHT?

CAN I TEACH FOR YOUR

UNIVERSITY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

WE WOULD LOVE THAT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: HOW LONG DO

THESE LESSONS LAST?

>> MOST OF THEM ARE ABOUT 10

MINUTES.

SOME ARE A LITTLE LONGER,

SOME A LITTLE SHORTER THAT

IS WHAT YOUTUBE LIMITED ME

TO INITIALLY AND PEOPLE SAID

THEY LIKE IT BECAUSE THAT IS

ABOUT HOW LONG YOU CAN KROL

FOCUS ON SOMETHING.

SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE HAVE

RESEARCHERS SAID THAT IS HOW

LONG PEOPLE CAN PAY

ATTENTION.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY OF

THESE VIDEOS HAVE YOU MADE.

>> THERE'S 2300 VIDEOS.

>> Stephen: YOU MADE 2300

VIDEOS.

BUT THAT IS TEACHING MORE

COURSES THAN MOST PEOPLE CAN

EVER TAKE IN THEIR LIFE.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR

INFORMATION.

I MEAN DO YOU KNOW ALL THESE

THINGS BEFORE YOU TEACH IT

OR DOW TEACH YOURSELF FIRST.

>> SORT OF LIKE, THE STUFF I

STARTED OFF WITH LIKE THE

MATH AND PHYSICS AND

ECONOMICS, THAT WAS KIND OF

PIE BACKGROUND SO THOSE I

KIND OF JUST DID.

BUT NOW WHEN I DO FRENCH

REVOLUTION I DO LOOK ON WICK

PEDESTRIANIA AND READ UP ON

IT.

I DO.

>> Stephen: WIKAPEDIA.

>> WELL, THAT'S ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: YOU DO SOME

HEAVY RESEARCH.

>> I DO.

AND I CLICK ON THE FOOTNOTES,

THOUGH, I MAKE SURE.

I'M RESPONSIBLE.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT, DO YOU

HAVE AN OBJECTIVE WITH THE

KUAN ACADEMY?

>> YOU KNOW, I AM KEEPING ON

MAKING VIDEOS.

WE'RE TRANSLATING THEM INTO

TEN LANGUAGES.

BUILDING OUT THIS SOFTWARE

PIECE SO PEOPLE CAN GET

EXERCISES.

THEY'RE USING THEM THIS

SCHOOLS.

THE IDEA IS ANYONE ANYWHERE

WITH AN INTERNET CONNECTION

WITH USE THIS TO LEARN

ANYTHING.

>> Stephen: WHERE DO YOU GET

YOUR MONEY?

>> WE ARE, WE GET IT FROM

DONATIONS.

>> Stephen: FROM?

WHO IS-- YOU GOT A SUGAR

DADDY?

>> YOU KNOW, OUR TWO BIGGEST

DONORS SO FAR HAVE BEEN

GOOGLE AND BILL GATES

THROUGH THE GATES FOUNDATION

AND WE HAVE A FEW MORE THAT

HAVE BEEN HELPING US OUT.

>> Stephen: IF PEOPLE WATCH

THESE VIDEOS AT HOME, WHY DO

WE NEED TEACHERS?

THAT IS ANOTHER THING, WE

CAN CRUSH THOSE WISCONSIN

TEACHERS WITH THIS, RIGHT?

>> AND THIS IS WHAT WE-- IF

I'M A TEACHER I DON'T WANT

TO GIVE THE SAME LECTURE T

IS CRAZY TO HAVE EVERYONE

GIVING THE SAME LECTURE, DOW

IT ONE TIME.

SO WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN

CLASSROOMS IS IT IS KIND OF

LIBERATING TEACHERS.

INSTEAD OF GIVING A ONE SIZE

FITS ALL LECTURE TO A BUNCH

OF STUDENTS, NOW THEY CAN

ASSIGN THIS AS HOMEWORK AND

THE KIDS CAN COME NOT CLASS

AND DO HOMEWORK THERE AND

ACTUALLY INTERACT AND TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT

THERE IS ACTUALLY PEOPLE IN

THE ROOM THERE THAT YOU CAN

GET HELP FROM.

>> Stephen: SO HOMEWORK

BOOKS ROOM WORK AND AT HOME

YOU GET TO WATCH YOUTUBE.

>> YES, YES, EXACTLY RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE

THE GREATEST SCHOOL I'VE

EVER HEARD OF.

MR. SALOMON KUAN, THANK YOU

SO MUCH.

>>

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: FROM THE KUAN

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