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To the Education of the world

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Sugata Mitra realized that, a group of kids left alone with a computer, can teach themselves an incredible amount. His theories are inspiring teachers in classrooms around the globe. Photo: Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra realized that a group of kids, left alone with a computer, can teach themselves an incredible amount of information. His theories are inspiring teachers in classrooms around the globe. Photo: Sugata Mitra

In a classroom in Ontario, a class of 9th graders learned the book Siddhartha, not by listening to lectures from their teacher, but by asking questions like, “How do you know when you’ve reached enlightenment?” Meanwhile, a group of 3rd through 5th graders in rural Georgia was posed a question in Spanish, even though they speak English: “Why doesn’t everyone in the world speak the same language?” And hundreds of miles away in New Hampshire, a group of 7th graders pondered, “Will the human race ever go extinct?” with only one rule: you may not look up the answer in a book.

All of these students had one thing in common: [ted_talkteaser id=1678]their teachers watched the…

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