- Published on Sunday, 03 March 2013 09:41
In Critical Thinking we are currently discussing education, examining finance, curriculum and organisation. In other words, how is it funded? What do we teach? And how is it done? We are exploring alternative ways of providing education and asking the question, What is it for?
Sugata Mitra has been conducting experiments in self organised learning with stunning results. This recently recorded TED Talk (22 mins) has already been watched over 300,000 times and clearly his ideas are gaining traction.
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Hat tip to Jason for this
Mitri's use of grannies is reminiscent of the Barefoot College which has the motto "Train a Grandmother, change the world!" If you've not seen Bunker Roy's Learning from a barefoot movement (20 mins), it is worth watching.
Mitri introduces the concept of self-organised learning by describing the needs of the colonial empire which were satisfied by the Victorian system of education. His premise is that our education system is preparing our children for a world which no longer exists. Sir Ken Robinson's 12 minute RSA animate video, Changing Education Paradigms tells a similar story from a different perspective.