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    Noah Benzing muni Nina Holzer Laura Alegria Best of GOOD Liz Dwyer

6 people think this is good

    Noah Benzing muni Nina Holzer Laura Alegria Best of GOOD Liz Dwyer

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  • Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer

    I'm a big believer that learning ultimately happens because of relationships--and that's something technology can't replace. I love how this author said, "I am not opposed to kiosks or programs or holes in the wall that help kids learn. However, I don't see why the promotion of that idea has to mean the destruction of a public institution. Why can't they co-exist? Why can't different models work for different people? Why can't we create interdependent systems that borrow ideas from one another?"

    Agreed.

    Also, one of the rarely discussed points about Sugata Mitra's 'Hole in the Wall' project is that most of the kids who accessed it were the most dominant boys--not girls or 'weaker' boys in the neighborhood.

    • Center for Teaching QualityCenter for Teaching Quality

      Fascinating observation about the type of kid who benefits and is drawn to the "Hole in the Wall" experiment. I'm sure we can draw parallels to types of students who may be disadvantaged by our current educational system as well. Thinking about varied educational structures to meet the individual needs of students takes us right back to that crucial quote you pulled from the article--public school plays an important role in the overall education of our nation's students.