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The face of education is changing. In the information age, information is more readily available even to the poorer segments of society and this is changing the way students in some part of the world learn.

 

This article in Wired on  How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses highlights a new way of teaching which harnesses the power of the internet and couples it with our innate curiosity.


".....a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration......"

 

This method appears to have many benefits for people who have traditionally been deprived:

 
".....In 1999, Sugata Mitra was chief scientist at a company in New Delhi that trains software developers. His office was on the edge of a slum, and on a hunch one day, he decided to put a computer into a nook in a wall separating his building from the slum. He was curious to see what the kids would do, particularly if he said nothing. He simply powered the computer on and watched from a distance........."

 
"......Over the next 75 days, the children worked out how to use the computer and began to learn. When Mitra returned, he administered a written test on molecular biology. The kids answered about one in four questions correctly. After another 75 days, with the encouragement of a friendly local, they were getting every other question right. “If you put a computer in front of children and remove all other adult restrictions, they will self-organize around it,” Mitra says, “like bees around a flower.....”

 

The whole article though lengthy is well worth a read. Indeed there may be lessons to learn from the methods  used successfully in poorer parts of the planet.

 

 

 

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