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A University Where Students Are The Teachers

  • December 01, 2016|
  • 8 months ago

by Matt Pickles

BBC News

Article excerpt

University opens without any teachers

It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The US college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another’s work.

Our take

A School Without Teachers?

In October, a new university—42—opened in California. The concept for the university originated in France and usurps the role of traditional teachers to rely on students to teach each other. It’s a radical concept, but does it hold value?

Graduates of the program in France have landed jobs at some top tech firms so it appears to be a model at least worth considering. Peer-to-peer learning is not a new concept, of course, and it’s clear that the traditional role of teacher is changing. But, despite the ability for self-exploration and peer discovery and collaboration, it’s unlikely that the role of teacher will ever entirely disappear. Even those behind the school, though, acknowledge the approach is not for everyone.

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