This TED talk by Sugata Mitra has had me thinking all weekend:
It asks a lot of the big questions I’ve asked myself about schools…though I have my doubts about some of his argument. Is knowing obsolete? Hmm — I think that’s an overstatement. For example, I’d rather be operated on by a surgeon who just knows what to do and doesn’t need Google to take out my appendix. The “English Granny” concept is interesting to me — I like the idea of Teacher as Facilitator of Discussion — but at the same time, I think there’s a difference between recitation of facts and understanding.
Still, I was fascinated by Dr. Mitra’s talk. Teacher friends? Thoughts?