Mitra in this video argues that the information revolution has enabled a style of learning that wasn’t possible before.
We are only just starting to see the possibilities that a connected world will bring to international education. Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy. Where does this leave teachers?
A study at UC Berkeley demonstrated that kids given no instruction were much more likely to come up with novel solutions to a problem. “The science is brand-new, but it’s not as if people didn’t have this intuition before,” says coauthor Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. But who is going to give kids problems to solve? The teachers role is becoming less and less about crowd control and more about setting broad tasks. More about researching how their students learn and solve problems they don’t know the answers to. More problem poser than problem solver. This will make many teachers nervous and feel like their authority will be irrevocably eroded, but the potential for engaged learning and increased problem solving is huge.