Khan Academy, a free online education content video platform, is working to bring civics lessons back into virtual classrooms.
The company recently launched an Indiegogo page hoping to fundraise the necessary cash to sponsor content surrounding U.S. history and American government. In light of an especially controversial election season, Khan academy founder Salman Khan and U.S. history fellow Kim believe that this mission is paramount in terms of educating the next wave of politicians and voters.
The series hopes to answer questions such as, “What’s an executive order?” and “How does the electoral college work?” to help more Americans understand our political systems, and thus become more informed and educated voters and policy makers. Because even the most committed political junkies may be left scratching their heads when it comes to some of the more nuanced facets of our complicated political system, we’re excited to see an aggregated platform for clear and unbiased answers to political queries.
The series will delve into the history that shaped our current political landscape with topics such as The Constitution, the three branches of government and the origin of political parties.
The platform is committed to non-partisanship and sourcing a resource that will spur a “deeper, richer and more spirited democracy.” The campaign piggybacks on the company’s overall mission: “that students of all ages should have free, unlimited access to the best educational content and that they should be able to consume and master this content at their own pace.”
As of July 27th, the Indiegogo page has raised $407,412, 136% of Khan Academy’s initial $300,000 goal. Perks offered to donors include a Khan Academy T-shirt, badge or sticker pack. Eco-minded donors can choose to receive a Sprout pencil, “the world’s first sustainable pencil that you can plant after use.”
According to Khan Academy, the site and YouTube channel serve over 40 million registered students with 700 million easily accessible online lessons. They have historically partnered with heavy-hitters such as NASA and The Museum of Modern Art to deliver comprehensive and up-to-date content.