After some 10,000 online tutorials in 10 years, Sal Khan still starts most days at his office desk in Silicon Valley, recording himself solving math problems for his Khan Academy YouTube channel.

“OK, let F of X equal A times X to the N plus,” he says cheerfully as he begins his latest.

Khan Academy has helped millions of people around the world — perhaps hundreds of millions — learn math, science and other subjects for free.

But these days, just one flight of stairs down from his office, there is a real school that couldn’t be more different in form and structure from those online lectures.

Most Fridays, the lunch option includes a Socratic dialogue with Khan himself on a wide range of issues, ideas and trends.

“So the last couple of seminars we’ve been talking about technologies that will potentially change the world,” the 39-year-old Louisiana native tells the students. “We did self-driving cars, virtual reality; we talked about life extension, and robots.”

He’s sitting on a picnic table with a small group of seventh- and eighth-graders, who are nibbling on their lunches.

From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms

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Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.

We’re starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for “impiety” and “corrupting” the minds of the youth of Athens.

But Socrates’ ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. And his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method.

I went to Oakland Technical High School in California to see it in action.

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World’s Teaching Superstar

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I’m sick and tired of poor people being demonized. I’m sick and tired of their struggle being belittled. We’re here to represent all people — including those struggling in poverty…. I was taught to love my neighbor. I was taught to care about people and to strive to make everyone’s life better. And what is being treated as political dialogue violates those teachings and my core beliefs in humanity. We can all do better. Some of us may need a hand up in order to get by, but that doesn’t mean that they are lesser people for it. They deserve our respect—and they deserve our help while they are struggling.
Fandom Fridays: Angry Birds

In 2016 it’s hard to find movies that aren’t a remake, a sequel, a prequel, based off a book or a game. Although Angry Birds is based off the app game, an original story comes out of the movie. More importantly, the movie successfully appeals to adult and children humour.

Originally posted by theverge

Animation proves again that it’s not “just for kids”, it’s versatile in genre, themes and messages. Angry Birds has classic slapstick humour but also discusses the complexity of emotions. The dialogue cleverly teaches children about the benefits and cons of anger. Also, some of the best jokes in the movie are purely visual, true to what makes animation fantastic: “show me don’t tell me”. This type of humour is funny no matter what age you are. 

Originally posted by rollingstone

The protagonist Red, demonstrates that it’s important to not repress your emotions, even the ones society says is bad, like anger. Of course, Red also shows that constantly purging one emotion is unhealthy. The Angry Bird community comes to realize there are times to be accommodating and times to be frustrated. Consequently, the younger audience learns they shouldn’t be afraid of unhappy feelings and should deal with their anger. 

Originally posted by rollingstone

This movie easily could have been gimmicky and a sell out, *cough minions movie cough*, but there was an honest effort to produce a funny and cohesive story. Angry Birds is  not the best animated movie out there and some characters were only there for a quick laugh, but overall it was a solid film. There were quite a few jokes that only adults would get, but the movie was still enjoyable for a young audience.   

Originally posted by lopezandres87

Angry Birds displays that adult humour in animation doesn’t have to be subtle, but it also doesn’t have to be incredibly vulgar. The film uses cute characters and colourful imagery to draw children in, while also teaching them important life lessons. The movie produces an interesting plot and uses comedy that appeals to all ages. 

Originally posted by sofisteee

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Arjuna, a man should not relinquish
action he is born to, even if it is flawed;
all undertakings are marred by a flaw,
as fire is obscured by smoke.
—  Lord Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita, “The Eighteenth Teaching: The Wondrous Dialogue Concludes”, translated by Barbara Stoler Miller