School in the Clouds began as an experiment started by a ex-physicist in New Delhi India when he looked at the slums housing thousands of children and thought to himself, will these kids ever have a chance to become educated.
One day he decided to place a computer in a hole cut out from the wall just on the border of the slum.
Having done this he left the children who had no experience with a computer at all, to investigate the machine and work with it. He observed and was fascinated with what happened.
His experiment has been repeated in other parts of the world and has been expanded to be a new type of learning tool where children figure things out for themselves and form learning groups exchanging knowledge
This is a testament to the power of the human mind and our thirst for knowledge.
“It’s quite fashionable to say that the education system’s broken,” Dr Mitra said. “[But] it’s not broken. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s just that we don’t need it any more. It’s outdated.”
As technology frees people from offices and creates jobs yet to be imagined, it is time to let children learn in ways that let them pursue and embrace new ideas, Dr Mitra said.
It can be argued that Dr. Mitra’s statement that there is no need for teachers is a bit extreme but it is exciting to know that we have the power of learning and a thirst for it without institutionalised forced learning that happens in most western countries. And goes to show you that there might be better ways of getting children interested in education.