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    Urging students to teach themselves

    The Hole in the Wall experiment, carried out in the slums of India by education professor Sugata Mitra in 1999, suggested that children, without direction, will seek out new knowledge. More than 15 years on, primary school teacher Sarah Leonard explains why she embraces his approach Imagine having a 20-minute end-of-lesson discussion with 30 eight-year-olds, where you talk about everything from Donald Trump to colonisation, ageing, the end of the world and DNA. It’s the children who sparked the discussion, and the children too, who have sought answers. All the teacher had to do was think of the questions that would fuel their imaginations. This is the joy of Sugata…

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    Could community cash stop drivers speeding?

    This city in the Netherlands has taken an innovative step to try to dissuade people from speeding The Dutch city of Helmond plans to reward motorists who stick to the speed limit with cash for community projects there. A ‘speed-meter money box’ was installed in May in Helmond in North Brabant. For every vehicle passing that observes the 30km/h (19mph) speed limit, €0.10 is added to the total. Sander Hermsen, a researcher of behaviour change and design at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, told Guardian Cities that the idea had potential to snap drivers out of bad habits. “Most people don’t consciously speed, they don’t want to endanger other people –…