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Is Education Obsolete? Sugata Mitra at the MIT Media Lab | MIT Center for Civic Media

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Can children learn to read by themselves? It’s a question which Nicholas Negroponte posed before inviting him to be a visiting professora at the Media Lab. If so, it would turn the entire system of education upside down. Mitra cites anecdotal evidence that children can teach themselves the alphabet using Android phones. But that’s not comprehension. To answer this, we need to answer two question: firstly, can they learn to read? Secondly, can they improve their comprehension, understanding, and belief? A group at the Media Lab is trying to answer the first question; Mitra is working on the second. Studies are happening right now in Kanha and rural West Bengal.

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