check out the hole in the wall experiment in india that shows how kids teach themselves.
some key findings:
1. children can self-teach in groups (over 300 in 6 months became computer literate)
1 operating it and 3 advising - all 4 get same score
16 around them in a circle, advising, will all get same score
2. there are no barriers if the learner sees a need
3. values are acquired, doctrine and dogma are enforced
4. learning - mostly from a self-organizing system