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6. Abundance: the future is better than you think

“In 1999 the Indian physicist Sugata Mitra got interested in education. He knew there were places in the world without schools and places in the world where good teachers didn’t want to teach. What could be done for kids living in those spots was his question. Self-directed learning was one pos­sible solution, but were kids living in slums capable of all that much self-direction? He conducted a series of surprising educational experiments with street kids in the urban slums of India. The results were unprecedented. The children were able to learn deeply and retain complex information in a language they didn’t know beforehand, using technology they had never seen before, and do it all without any formal instruction. The children organized their own learning environment, worked collaboratively, and their learning results tested equivalent to the best private schools in New Delhi. How they did it is described in this book Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think (Free Press, 2012) by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, available in hardcover and Kindle.

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