Sugata Mitra has long been a hero of mine. His research helped me in the most challenging of classrooms (primary Turkey) to, despite the behavior problems, engage my students. I was never able to fully implement a SOLE program as the schools I worked for barely knew my name and even less listened to my ideas.
What I have found in academia and education are a lot of teachers who are control freaks. The idea of letting the students take the reigns in class is not a concept many can comprehend or embrace. Many thought I was lazy, or couldn't control my class. I wasn't trying to control my class. I was trying to teach my students how to teach themselves and to teach each other. A philosophy I have long held and, have had excellent results. My Turkish second graders tested 22% higher on their English exams than the rest of the school. An accomplishment I am most proud of. I believe it's time for an absolute Educational Revolution not only in America, but everywhere. We must resist "making education happen, and embrace letting it happen".
What are you thoughts about an education revolution, in other words, deconstructing the classroom? It's happening in Finland and they're number one in the Western world.