Sunday, October 20, 2013

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses [Article]

Joshua Davis, in WIRED magazine, traces the dramatic changes in educational methods that are having significant impacts on how students learn.
..a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.
The story of a student, Paloma, makes this story even more thrilling.