Sugata Mitra‘s “Hole in the Wall” experiment shows us that children will learn what they want to learn. His work occurs in some of the poorest places on earth. if such “miracles” can occur where there is such a lack of resources and support, imagine if this was paired with teachers who understand and valued this process. Imagine what would be unlocked and catalyzed. Imagine this in the United States, imagine this in Kolkata, Cameroon, New Delhi, and everywhere else on the planet.
This is the thinking behind democratic education, it can be seen in these examples Dr. Mitra offers, and with children here in the United States. In fact this is always happening. A primary issue, is that our education system does not value this type of learning unless it aligns with an outcome measure. Thus, millions of children are denied an essential truth–they are intelligent and able to learn, in fact they are learning all the time.
Now, how do we get behind this reality rather than deny it and get in the way of it? What if teachers adopted the “grandparent method?”