|Sugata Mitra with his Hole in the Wall village computers|
Here is an amazing experiment that has been going on for the last 15 odd years. PhD educational researcher, Sugata Mitra has some amazing results on the ability of children to learn by themselves, without the need for a teacher!!! His conclusion from his TED talk is a beautiful one:
Education is a self-organising system where learning is an emergent phenomenon.
A self-organising system is one where the system structure appears without explicit intervention from outside the system.
Emergence is the appearance of a property not previously observed as a functional characteristic of the system.
Two videos that struck me, the first is small intro to Sagata Mitra, the second is his TED talk which is a little longer but really worth the view.
If you wish to know more about the Hole in the wall experiment, visit their dedicated site.