They tried a new experiment in two remote Ethiopian villages where no one--adult or child--had ever seen a written word. Delivered boxes--taped up boxes--to the villages and left them. What happened is...well, look:
So the take-home lesson on human potential is this: human children are born knowing how to learn. Learning is what humans do. These kids are over-the-roof smart and capable; discovery learning--figuring it out for themselves, self-motivated learning--is part of our human nature.
And we're wasting every kid who--for any reason at all--doesn't learn, doesn't want to learn, is afraid to learn, isn't allowed to learn, is kept from being all he or she could be.
(copied from my post at SFF.net)