Rapid learning

Examples of exceptionally rapid learning that far surpasses the expectations of teachers have been produced by many people over the last several decades. In the 1960s John Holt wrote about startling literacy gains achieved through engaging his pupils in unconventional ways. In the 1990s in the UK the Docklands Literacy Project succeeded in getting children who were normally only succeeding in getting a few months literacy gain in a full year to move to better than national average literacy gains. However it is worthy of note that the NFER report dismissed this as not particularly impressive showing a failure to recognise the impact of this on the children and their future learning – that their teachers certainly recognised. A further example is Prof. Sugatra Mitra’s experiments with self-organised learning in India.