When experts focus on education, the emphasis is often placed on the teaching process. But what if children could teach the educators a thing or two about how they learn best?
Two experts from very different backgrounds and very different fields shared their own experiences, and what they learned about how kids want to learn, during TED Talks presentations.
Cameron Herold is a life-long entrepreneur and one of the founders of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. He advocates encouraging entrepreneurial skills such as risk-taking, originality and curiosity in children from an early age.
Sugata Mitra is a professor of edcuational technology in the United Kingdom. In 1999 he dug a hole in a wall in an urban slum, installed a PC and hidden camera and left it there. He then watched as children taught themselves.
About Cameron Herold and entrepreneurship
Watch Herold's Ted Talk video about why we need to encourage entrepeneurial skills - risk-taking, originality, curiousity - in children.
Visit Herold's website and see what he's doing to encourage teaching entrepeneurship to kids.
About Sugata Mitra and child-driven education
Visit the 'Hole in the Wall' website. What's happened since Mitra dug a hole in the wall of an urban slum, installed a PC and a hidden camera and let kids figure it out for themselves.
See Mitra's Ted Talk video about his Hole in the Wall experiments. Hear Mitra talk about the experiment and how "minimally invasive education" can help in the areas where good teachers won't, or can't, go.