Kids Can Teach Themselves?

Dr. Maria Montessori once wrote that when we remove all of our misconceptions of children, we will see a superior child emerge. Perhaps we are seeing a glimpse of Montessori’s “superior child” in the experience Sugata Mitra shares with us in his 2013 TED Talk, Children Can Teach Themselves. His experience and discovery, should give all educators pause and question if we are pursuing the right path in our approach to educating today’s children.

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Sugata Mitra
is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. He is best known for his “Hole in the Wall” experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education. He is Chief Scientist, Emeritus, at the for-profit training company NIIT.