Elon Musk describes the small school he created for his sons. There are no grades, it is interest-led where students are allowed to learn according to their aptitudes and abilities, and it emphasizes problem solving over rote memorization.
In democratic communities, students have complete responsibility for their own education in a direct democracy in which students and staff have equal value. Students learn as a by-product of ordinary experience rather than through coursework.
Sugara Mitra describes what happens when you put one computer in the middle of a village and don’t do anything else. These famed experiments demonstrated that, in the absence of supervision and formal teaching, children can teach themselves AND each other — if they’re motivated by curiosity. Mitra, now a professor of educational technology at […]