Are Sugata Mitra's ideas on education doomed to failure?

Joe Tibbetts, Jun 30, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

We learn very little about Sugata Mitra's ideas in this article. Other than one short paragraph, what we are told mostly is that Mitra is a rehash of Ivan Illich and, of course, the author. And because Illich and the author's ideas were doomed to failure, we are to believe, so are Mitra's. Not because the idea are wrong, but because "the stupidity and short-sighted self-interest of politicians combined with the laziness and cowardice of many who work in education is a powerful and deadly brake upon change." I think, personally, there may have been other causes.

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