Ideas have consequences. Heroes armed with ideas change the world.
Sugata Mitra changed education with his Hole-in-the-Wall Experiments: armed only with the internet and each other, some of the poorest children in the world bested students and teachers from elite private schools.
Last week Sugata Mitra visited Acton Academy to lead two of his SOLES (Self Organized Learning Environments.) The Eagles loved their SOLES, though some wanted more “learn to do” action.
Afterwards, one of the youngest middle school Eagles led a powerful impromptu Socratic Discussion, with all the skills of an Oxford Don.
Sugata Mitra asked: “How long did she have to prepare?”
“No time at all,” came the reply. “It was spontaneous.”
“That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.”
Quite a compliment, because he has seen quite a lot. What an honor to have Sugata Mitra spend time with all of us.