"Why is there no word in the English language for the art of learning?" Papert
Papert suggest that one of the biggest contributors to our collective focus on teaching rather than learning in School is the nature of the language we use to talk about school. He proposes we use the word "Mathetics" to describe the art of learning in the same way we use "Pedagogy" to describe the art of teaching.
"The how-to-do-it literature in the constructivist subculture is almost as strongly biased to the teacher (cont) http://tl.gd/2mianf
"It is not using the rule that solves the problem; it is thinking about the problem that fosters learning." Papert
"So does talking about the problems or showing them to someone else." Papert
"I suggest that any kind of 'playing with problems' will enhance the abilities that lie behind their solution." Papert
RT @anderscj "I suggest that any kind of 'playing with problems' will enhance the abilities that lie behind their solution." Papert
"Anyone who can draw as many people into situations related to learning as Peck, Lego, or Nintendo knows (cont) http://tl.gd/2mikqk
"He has already encountered too many teachers who demanded not only that he get the right answer but also (cont) http://tl.gd/2miqes
"Most people share a similar fear of being made vulnerable by exposing themselves as having an inferior or messy mind." Papert
This is a wall I bump up against constantly with PD. It is also why, I believe, Prensky's "Digital Native/Immigrant" concept has been wrongly co-opted by so many educators as an excuse for perceived deficiets in digital literacy. I believe that "Digital Natives" have not internalized this fear and are more comfortable with this form of vulnerability and that contributes to their perceived accelerated ability to learn the digital language.
"Getting a conversation going is a good ploy used cunningly by many 'learning-disabled' children." Papert
"On a pragmatic level, 'Look for connections!' is sound mathetic advice, and on a theoretical level the (cont) http://tl.gd/2mjhhd
"This suggests a strategy to facilitate learning by improving the connectivity in the learning environment, (cont) http://tl.gd/2mjim4
I wonder what Papert would say about our current connective technologies like Twitter, YouTube, and Blogs? How would Papert leverage a PLN today?
@joe_bower The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer
@anderscj It was published in 1993?
Thanks @anderscj for the Papert series of tweets - I'm now compelled to read it myself.