Tuesday, August 06, 2013

2064 : We dont need no education

A colleague of mine sent me this link, and I just immediately fell in love with it, from the moment, Sugata begins to talk. (Thank You Ramakant)

Almost every idea he says, I have grappled with in my debate with educational systems. In addition to everything he says, I also suggest that every parent, who ever says "No" for anything to a child - I reckon count that - every time you say "No" - you kill another 100 neurons in your child's creativity. You shall be surprised that stats suggest, that an average child gets told about 300 "No"s in a day. At that rate, it just takes about 10 years to create a moron :-)

Do watch this....HIGHLY HIGHLY Recommended.


From Ted Talks about Sugata
Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. In 1999, Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.

The "Hole in the Wall" project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who's now a professor of educational technology atNewcastle University (UK), calls it "minimally invasive education."
At TED2013, Sugata Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: Help me build a place where children can explore and learn on their own -- and teach one another -- using resouces from the worldwide cloud.

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