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The History of the Future

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Papert on Teaching Computer Skills [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: >In the case of computer knowledge, [Paolo Freire's] banking approach is often defended by the argument that it will stand the students in good stead when they grow up and look for jobs that will require computer skills. Nothing could be more ridiculous. If "computer skills" is interpreted in a narrow sense of technical...

 

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School versus Computers’ Subversiveness [...]

From Seymour Papert's book The Children's Machine: >...little by little the subversive features of the computer were eroded away: Instead of cutting across and so challenging the very idea of subject boundaries, the computer now defined a new subject; instead of changing the emphasis from impersonal curriculum to excited live exploration by students, the computer w...

 

The Robin Hood of (Ed-)Tech [...]

Seymour Papert in The Children's Machine describing his first experiences with computers at MIT, alongside Marvin Minsky: >We were like infants discovering the world. > >It was in this situation that I thought about computers and children. I was playing like a child and experiencing a volcanic explosion of creativity. Why couldn't the computer give a child th...

 

Papert on Literacy [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: >How would the introduction of the Knowledge Machines into the School environment compromise the primacy with which we view reading and writing that is, children's fluency in using the alphabetic language? > >In the literature on education there has long been a pervasive tendency to assume that reading is the pri...

 

Freire and Papert on the Future of School [...]

Video of their discussion on "the future of school" via YouTube. The transcript is also available on Papert.org. An excerpt: Paulo Freire: His speech is profoundly stimulating and, hence, challenging. First I'd like to make a sort of list of themes the generative themes, closely related to my own terminology that I have heard in his speech. For example, the "histori...

 

Epistemological Pluralism [...]

Seymour Papert and Sherry Turkle, "Epistemological Pluralism and the Revaluation of the Concrete" (first published in SIGNS in 1990): > Since the prevailing image of the computer is that of a logical machine, and since programming is seen as a technical and mathematical activity, the existence of anything but an analytic approach in this area makes a dramatic argum...

 

Yearners versus Schoolers [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: With much more persuasive power than the philosophy of even so radical a thinker as Dewey, the computer, in all its various manifestations, is offering the Yearners new opportunities to craft alternatives. The only question that remains is, Will such alternatives be created democratically? Will public education lead the wa...