The Learning Revolution - On-line Introduction
In isolated Montana, America's least-populated state, all four-year-olds at the Montessori International nursery school can now read, write, spell and do basic mathematics even before starting school.
The Learning Revolution model: The best time to develop your learning ability is before you start school - because most of your brain's major pathways are laid down in those vital early years. 6
In California, former schoolteacher Jan Davidson and her husband Bob, who borrowed $6,000 from their son's college savings to start an educational multimedia company, have since sold it for almost $1 billion.7
The Learning Revolution model: Great teachers can now teach millions of people, through the marvels of interactive electronic communications: and make a fortune doing the things they love to do.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, Michael Tan has passed his seventh-form (13th grade) high school mathematics examination - at age seven. And 12-year-old Stephen Witte - regarded by teachers as a disciplinary problem - passed six university bursary examinations and won the Papanui High School's Physics Prize, but only after being given the opportunity to bypass four grades.
The Learning Revolution model: People learn best when they want to learn, not at some predetermined age.
In China, a 24-volume set of color encyclopedias, that once sold for $1,000, can now be pressed as a compact disc for less than 50 cents. Bill Gates has become America's richest person partly by giving away such CD-ROM encyclopedias to sell other computer software.
The Learning Revolution model: Even the "have-nots" can benefit from technology - but farsighted visionaries can do even better.
In America, staff on one "accelerated learning" course at the giant Intel group increased their subject-knowledge 507 percent compared with a 23 percent gain by students learning by "normal" methods.8
The Learning Revolution model: The new methods are paying off big in staff training.
In Arizona, high-school teacher Leo Wood - using similar methods - has lifted his students' achievements in chemistry from 52 percent getting A, B and C grades to 93 percent.9
The Learning Revolution model: Even complex information can be