Man...I step away from /. for a few months and return to a firefight. Listen up peeps...any and all form of education is important. Always keep in mind that people learn in different ways and that no single method of teaching is correct. Having attended a higher education institution, I can honestly say that there were times when something like this would have helped me immensely unlike the tenure dullard that was teaching the course. All of these institutions understand that they need to modify how they reach people interested in learning and obviously, their hope is to get you to come to THEIR institution.
Here in the US, we have done a wonderful job of rewarding the WRONG individuals and have not stressed education enough. Just take a look at the majority of TV shows lately...or sports figures. The number of these individuals that actually have an education and can speak intelligently is in the single digits. Not exactly the role models I want my children to look up to. Also, WAAAY too much continues to be placed on personal gain and wealth. So what if I have to stab you in the back, twist the knife, get out the machete and hack you to bits. At least *I* get ahead!...again, NOT the message I want my children to go out into the world thinking.
Education in all of its forms and methods are a Good Thing (tm). If the Khan Academy is the bar that everyone else has to measure up to, then so be it. It's a better alternative to the idiot box and another spin-off of CSI:Whateverthehell or Jersey Shore.