I am pretty sure Sugata Mitra isn't hanging out with the same eight-year-olds I am. In the world Mitra describes, eight-year-olds are self-motivated and self-realized. The eight-year-olds I know, on the other hand, are downright goofy. Even the most focused and ambitious of them have pretty sketchy attention spans.
In places where the greatest inequity exists, Dr. Sugata Mitra's "School in the Cloud" holds enormous promise for leveling the playing field. But his methodology, which taps into a child's innate sense of wonder and curiosity through Self-organized Learning Environments, is relevant for communities and classrooms everywhere.