How kids can teach themselves (and become millionaires)

This might be a little bit off topic, but worths some lines. Some of you might have already watched Slumdog Millionaire, the award winning and serious Oscar candidate film directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan.

The film is an adaptation of Q and A, a novel by indian diplomat Vikas Swarup whose success, like many times happens, came as a chain of casualities. Wikipedia explains it perfectly:

A BBC radio play based on the book won the Gold Award for Best Drama at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2008 and the IVCA Clarion Award 2008. Harper Collins brought out the audio book, read by Kerry Shale, which won the Audie for best fiction audio book of the year. Film Four of the UK had optioned the movie rights and the movie titled Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle has been released in the US to great critical acclaim. It won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and three awards (Best Film, Best Director and Most Promising Newcomer) at the British Independent Film Awards 2008.

What almost nobody seems to know is that Vikas Swarup got the inspiration for his novel from Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole in the wall experiment‘, even when there is no explicit mention to the indian professor neither in the film or in the novel, Self Organized Learning Systems are the only explanation possible to an indian poor kid strongly prepared and with deep knowledge that allows him to win the Who wants to be a millionaire? tv quiz.

Luckily, the indian writer is fairy recognizing Sugata Mitra’s work: “I was inspired by the hole-in-the-wall project, where a computer with an internet connection was put in a Delhi slum,” he told India Express. “When the slum was revisited after a month, the children of that slum had learnt how to use the world wide web.”, said to Times Online. We would be proud of an Oscar award for the film.

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