This is the website.
Watching my own kids grow up in a highly rigid and formalised education environment, I really do wonder if the Hole in the Wall techniques might not have been superior. An introduction to Khan Academy, which, IMO and FWIW, does offer the best science and tech education on the Net, at a much earlier age than they actually did might have helped too.
The Hole in the Wall could be dismissed as faddish New Age woo but actually has produced excellent results in the field.
In contrast, Hole-in-the-wall Learning Stations seek to create a new paradigm in the learning process by providing unrestricted computer access to groups of children in an open playground setting.
What gives me hope personally is the inventor of the technique actually went through the rigid, formalised education that I went through, too.
An outdoor kiosk was constructed such that it could be accessed from outside the boundary wall of the NIIT headquarters in New Delhi. As a result, the experiment is often referred to as “the hole-in-the-wall experiment”. The campus is situated in Kalkaji in the extreme south of the city. The office is bordered by a slum, as is the case in many Indian cities. The slum contains a large number of children of all ages (0-18), most of whom do not go to school. The few who do go to government schools of very poor quality (that is, low resources, low teacher or student motivation, poor curriculum and general lack of interest). None are particularly familiar with the English language. The kiosk was constructed such that a monitor was visible through a glass plate built into a wall. A touch pad was also built into the wall (see photo 1). The PC driving the monitor was on the other side of the wall in a brick enclosure (see photo 2).
The PC used was based on a Pentium, 266 Mhz chip with 64Mb of RAM, suitahle hard disk, a true color display and an ethernet card. It was connected to NIIT’s internal network of 1200 PC’s using the Windows NT operating system. The kiosk had access to the Internet through a dedicated 2Mbps connection to a service provider.
he goes on to present results for what he calls Minimally Invasive Education.
So is this an attempt to get rid of teachers, or an understanding that small-class-size education is not even a remote possibility in a planet with a population of 10 billion by 2050 and an attempt to do something about it without mouthing platitudes? I do worry about the possibility of unsupervised rubbish entering people's heads - and not just Peace TV nonsense, but almost identical nonsense spouted by an advanced and educated elite. But I do want to give this a cautious thumbs-up. There are other educational experiments being conducted here, and here, about which more later.