Friday, September 10, 2010

Lessons from the Hole in the Wall: TED Talks

TED talks are absolutely fascinating. (http://www.ted.com/) It's all about really smart people talking about really cool things, pushing the envelope in every field imaginable. You will not feel dumber for having watched any of these talks, so do yourself a favor and start watching them. Listen to Sugata Mitra talk about the amazing amount of learning that happened when when he leaves the internet in the street (literally) for impoverished kids to find, and he leaves them to their own devices. It makes me think about the amount of hand-holding we feel we have to do for our students. Maybe (just maybe) kids don't always need the carefully structured environments we cultivate in our schools. In the words of Arthur C. Clarke, "when children have interest, education happens".