MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Khan Academy is pleased to announce a new series of civics videos launching today at KhanAcademy.org geared toward young people and anyone else interested in how government works in the United States.
The videos feature conversations between Khan Academy founder Sal Khan and "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickerson. Dickerson, a leading political journalist, is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest," and host of the Whistlestop podcast on the presidency.
In the videos, Khan and Dickerson share little-known anecdotes from our nation's past and unexpected stories about the founding principles of democracy. Their discussions also shed light on how American institutions have changed and why.
"Recording interviews with John Dickerson makes American civics and history content come alive," said Khan Academy founder Sal Khan. "We're excited to inspire students to become the next generation of informed and engaged citizens."
The first five videos in the new series are available for free on Khan Academy and span two categories of "Why it matters" and "What has changed":
- Why It Matters: an Introduction from Sal Khan and John Dickerson
- Why It Matters: U.S. History
- What Has Changed: Supreme Court Nominations
- What Has Changed: the Presidency
- What Has Changed: the Media
The new civics videos appear alongside academic content in three courses on Khan Academy: U.S. government and civics, AP® U.S. Government and Politics, and U.S. history. They're also available on YouTube.
"Our history is filled with great personalities and transformative struggles," said Dickerson, who, in addition to co-hosting "CBS This Morning," is a former Washington correspondent and long-time scholar of American history. "The stories of our past can help all of us better understand what's happening today."
New videos will be added to the civics series on an ongoing basis.
About Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Our mastery learning system allows teachers to tailor instruction for every student. Khan Academy's free resources include practice questions, quizzes, videos and articles. We offer preschool through early college learning on a range of academic subjects, including math, sciences and the humanities. We also offer free personalized SAT practice in partnership with the College Board and free personalized LSAT prep in collaboration with the Law School Admission Council. Khan Academy has been translated into 36 languages, and 18 million people learn on Khan Academy every month. As a nonprofit organization, Khan Academy relies upon donations from foundations, corporations and individuals around the world. For more information, please visit khanacademy.org,or join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About John Dickerson
John Dickerson is co-host of "CBS This Morning," the award-winning, news-driven morning news program airing weekdays 7-9 a.m. EST on CBS. He previously anchored "Face The Nation" and was CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and political director. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Dickerson moderated CBS News' two presidential debates. Dickerson is a contributing editor for The Atlantic and wrote the definitive cover story on the history of the Presidency, "How the Presidency Became Impossible," earlier this year. He also contributes to Slate's "Political Gabfest." Prior to his time at CBS, Dickerson was Slate magazine's chief political correspondent, and he covered politics for Time magazine for 12 years. A native Washingtonian, Dickerson graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in English and a specialty in American studies. He is the author of "On Her Trail," a book about his mother, Nancy Dickerson, who was CBS News' first female correspondent. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller "Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History." His twice-monthly podcast, "Whistlestop," chronicles great moments in presidential history. Known for his active use of social media, Dickerson has more than two million Twitter followers at @jdickerson.
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