Do We Really Need Schools? Challenges Professor Sugata Mitra

Information Hoarding for Tests
What’s the point of memorizing information for a test if the information goes in for the test and out for the rest of your life? Why not teach skill-based authentic lifelong learning? Teachers are ready, but will schools allow them to go beyond the test? Can teachers provide kids with socially engaging learning activities?

University MOOCs for Credit
Who Is Driving the Online Locomotive? by Rob Jenkins of The Chronicle stirred me up. His statement that “recent Chronicle survey that found that 72 percent of faculty members who teach MOOCs don’t believe their students should receive college credit. In other words, even supporters of MOOCs don’t think they’re as good as face-to-face instruction”. Maybe, face-to-face is better for credit-based courses or what high school teachers call content-based learning, but not for learning. Maybe MOOCs or as I call them MOOL (Massive Open Online Learning) would be a better fit for skill-based authentic lifelong learning.

Holding on to the Past
University MOOCs or xMOOCs are school-based traditional courses. Who are the universities kidding? Let’s move on. I read some of the comments on the article by Rob Jenkins by professors. How many professors ever took a course on how to teach? They only know how to lecture (if they learned how to give speeches) and give exams (if they learned how to set them up properly). Exams! Can you imagine? Are we still using exams to check information hoarding?

Revolutionizing Learning
Do we need schools for content exam-based learning? According to the famous experiment conducted by Professor Sugata Mitra we may not need schools in the way that we have them today in the future. Kids can learn anything with the right kind of socially engaging learning activities and ongoing  support.

Professor Sugata Mitra
Join Prof. Mitra’s talk streamed live on WizIQ tomorrow July 26, 2013 at 9 AM India (check your timezone). Listen to an amazing man with research-based practical ideas on how to teach in and out of the classroom. In fact, his hole-in-the wall experiment may revolutionize how we view organized education. Did I say may? Let me correct myself and say will. Yes, we can now show evidence that learners need facilitators and socially engaging learning activities. If schools won’t provide it, teachers will. You’re invited to earn all about the experiment and how to move forward for our children and the future of the world.


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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