How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential
When a report came out last year that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some raised doubts. But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 in her class scored in the 99.99% percentile. Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.
The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of a UK university professor who had created a new teaching style he calls SOLE, or self organized learning environments. What do you guys think about his teaching style?