A new interview with Sugata Mitra makes me wonder if he feels the urge to make more bolder statements day by day.
Let’s examine this quote in a this interview with the Huftington Post:
“I can fix the examination system in one sentence. You should be allowed to bring in an iPad,” he said.
“People are adamant learning is not just looking at a Google page. But it is. Learningis looking at Google pages. What is wrong with that?”
“Teachers say to me, the internet is full of rubbish, wrong answers. But you would be surprised how just long it takes to find wrong information on Google, and where it’s not obvious that it’s wrong.”
A few words for the professor:
- Don Hirsch has a great piece on the idea that you can always just look stuff up.
- Ever heard about the filter bubble?
- Ever thought of bringing in some nuances about your projects in broad public that are present in the scientific discussion?
- Maybe it’s a good, or even better a great idea, to examine what Daniel Willingham wrote already in 2009 on what we know from cognitive science about the flawed assumptions of the 21st century skills movement.
And no, please don’t answer this post by saying that I’m against the good work you do in India, I’m much in favor, but I do like to have some important nuances to the story.
Also I’m much in favor of using technology in education, but I do think we won’t help the implementation this way.