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Children Will Learn to Do What They Want to Do
The TED videos are one of my favorite sources of information. Recently I viewed Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. This 17-minute video is available free online at http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html.
Mitra, along many other teachers, feels that: “Children will learn to do what they want to do.” Quoting from the video listed above:
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.
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Suggested Readings from IAE and Other Publications
Joe the Plumber (the "common man"). Newsletter Issue 13, March, 2009.
Using computers as an aid to retrieving and processing trustworthy and untrustworthy information. Newsletter Issue # 39 April 2010.
Using Your Brain to Retrieve and Process Trustworthy and Untrustworthy Information. Newsletter Issue # 38 March 2010.
Written by Dave Moursund, September 16, 2010.
I have four children, four step-children, and 11 grandchildren. It is interesting to watch how all of these children and grandchildren do their own thing, sometimes being greatly influenced by what their parents do, and sometimes revolting against their upbringing.
One of the nice things about the United States and a number of other countries is that children have many different opportunities in choosing possible life pathways. Many well-intentioned parents and schools attempt to be quite restrictive in the opportunities they provide for students. They have difficulty in achieving an appropriate balance between preparing children to become independent, self-directing thinkers and doers, and children who dutifully follow the pathways laid down by parents and schools.
Written by Dave Moursund, September 10, 2010.
My first experience with Mastery Learning came in the early 1970s when I was Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Oregon. One of our faculty members experimented with Mastery Learning in an introductory level computer programming course. I was quite suspicious at the time, but in retrospect it seems clear that this was a good idea.