I once read a wonderful quote that went something to the affect of this: "The great scandal of education is that every time you teach a child something you deprive them of the opportunity to discover it for themselves."
According to this new fascinating study, school children can learn complex subjects on their own. More interesting still, three months after the students had taught themselves they had better recall of the information which they had taught themselves.
I'm not suggesting that teachers are irrelevant but I do believe a great many need to unlearn what they think they know about learning–and teaching.
For further proof that children can learn on their own, watch this insightful TED talk by Sugata Mitra on Child-driven education.
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