Tag Archives: Sugata Mitra

Everyone values critical thinking, don’t they?

NOW, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form

O brave new world! The search for 21st century qualifications

It’s difficult to ignore the appealing certainty that the times in which we are alive are unique and fundamentally different to any that have gone before. The most cited reason for this

Is it just me or is Sugata Mitra an irresponsible charlatan?

Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power. Ralph Waldo Emerson When I first saw physicist, Sugata Mitra speak about his Hole

Is school a straightjacket? A response to David Aaronovitch

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.  Igor Stravinsky In yesterday’s Times, David Aaronovitch wrote

Why do I need a teacher if I’ve got Google and a granny?

NB – Having reviewed the evidence, I am now thoroughly convinced I was wrong about all this. Instead, try reading Is it just me or is Sugata Mitra an irresponsible charlatan?  Over

Do It Yourself

There is a certain amount of irony in the title of today’s post in that I haven’t written it myself. Instead it comes from the typing fingers of the marvellous Kenny Pieper.