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An entertaining evangelist- but that's about all I get.
on 29 March 2015
Sugata Mitra is a very entertaining speaker(see his video) with an evangelical zeal for SOLE(self organised learning experience). Trouble is, like all other educationalists wanting to make a name for themselves he makes (to me ridiculously) controversial statements..."who needs arithmetic? who needs spelling?" Answer nobody-they look it up on their computer.
Of course those who budget for education are always suckers for the type of approach he espouses.... let the learners discover for themselves by using the internet. It conjures up an enticing future where there is no need for expensive schools and colleges with their expensive teachers and professors. All that money could be spent on something else.
Actually I cannot see University admissions officers being impressed by students following this route-not when many of them are still embedded in an era where even a highly qualified postgraduate can't develop their careers by taking a medical degree if they didn't get GCSE (or O levels) in English Language and Maths donkeys years ago.
Sorry Sugata- highly entertaining - but that's all. Seen it all before.