I like this piece by Joshua Davis in last month’s issue of Wired. He reports from a bare bones school in Mexico near the U.S. border that reminds me of Ejido Johnson near Yuma, where we used to take teenagers for homestays. Lacking in physical resources the teacher builds on the intrinsic talents of his students and guides them through some breakthrough learning. Much of his methodology is informed by Sugata Mitra who made waves with a TED talk suggesting that all kids need are an internet connection, a dry place, and some coaching from the sidelines to get educated. The ideas presented in the Wired story overlap nicely with unschooling and making, and suggest that some of us are on the right track.