Can Children Teach Themselves?

Observations: Opinion, arguments & analyses from the editors of Scientific American.

Guterl, Fred. 2013. “Can Children Teach Themselves?” Scientific American blog, February 27.

Sugata Mitra gave street kids in a slum in New Delhi access to a computer connected to the Internet, and found that they quickly taught themselves how to use it. This was the moment he says he discovered a new way of teaching.

His ideas, however, have implications for formal education in the west, too. Mitra doesn’t have kind words for English schooling, which he says is better suited to the needs of the British empire than the age of Twitter.

Last night Mitra won the $1 million TED Prize for his work (his TED talk video is available online). He will use the money to establish a lab in New Delhi that will put his ideas of a “School in the Cloud” to the test.

For further reading, see: Sugata’s blog.

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