Schools as we know them are obsolete. They aren’t broken. They are outdated.

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“Schools as we know them are obsolete. They aren’t broken. They are outdated.” – Sugata Mitra, winner of 2013 #TEDPrize.

… “The Victorians created a global computer made up of people. It’s called the bureaucratic administrative machine,” says Mitra, in the bold opening of his talk. “In order to keep that running, you need lots and lots of people. They must be identical to each other … So they created a system, called school, to make parts [for this human computer]. They must have good handwriting, they must be able to read, and they must be able to add, subtract and do division.”
But these skills aren’t as necessary with the advent of computers.“It’s quite fashionable to say education system is broken,” says Mitra. “It’s not, It’s wonderfully constructed — it’s just that we don’t need it anymore. It’s outdated.”
We can’t imagine the technology of the future, and thus we can’t know what jobs we’ll need the skills for. So Mitra suggests that education should be about developing the ability to learn anything on one’s own. …

A school in the cloud: Sugata Mitra accepts the TED Prize at TED2013 [TED]

* Sugata Mitra’s talk, in cartoon form

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