A Response to Mistra Part 1: Education and Employability

The Long Walk

The aim of this series of blogs is to review and respond to Sugata Mitra's vision for education as outlined in his article published in the 16th June 2013 edition of the Observer. Although I have quoted liberally from the article I would urge interested parties to read it in its entirety before progressing any further here. The article is clearly divisive and recieved a mixed response from the online educational community; described as 'toxic' by one teacher it is by contrast hailed as a 'A vision of education for the current century' by some progressive commentators. I think it is a disappointing argument for progressive education that actually reinforces the campaign for more traditional pedagogy in schools.

This first selection of quotes are related to the purpose of education and employability:

The belief that education should be about providing children with the skills needed for gainful employment and…

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