Sugata Mitra: The Child-Driven Education

Arthur C Clarke wrote, “Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be.” Mitra’s research here, about children’s capacities to teach themselves ??? about their innate desire for knowledge and learning ??? questions the fundamental role of teachers in the classroom. Certainly it is true that teachers have a role in children’s learning, but that role cannot be reduced to mechanically downloading knowledge. Teachers have a more important job in the classroom. That is one that models responsibility in learning; one that inspires creativity and deep thinking about ideas; and one that encourages the child to develop into a role that combines “student” with “teacher.”


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