"For many people the restrictions of poverty, prejudice, and our own forms of bureaucracy make a mockery of (cont) http://tl.gd/2pidjd
"We are living with an educational system that is fundamentally as irrational as the command economy and (cont) http://tl.gd/2pig01
"His (Bush) remedies (national system of tests) were the remedies the bureaucratic mind proposes (cont) http://tl.gd/2piiu9
"Nervousness about being tested on subjects that feel alien is the surest way to turn off what little (cont) http://tl.gd/2piko9
"tests would reinforce in her a very strong and distasteful image of science as a list of facts to be memorized like a ritual." Papert
"Nervousness about the test could make the teacher reticent about spending time on any but the testable aspects of science." Papert
"If the tests are inherited from the past or imitated from the rest of the world, they will inhibit us from (cont) http://tl.gd/2pio6u
"The way to be first, therefore, is not to play catch-up but to take the lead in new directions." Papert
"I have seen children in 'special ed' classes use it militantly to assert their real identity against (cont) http://tl.gd/2pj42m
I was one such child. When I was in 2nd grade I was placed in "special ed" because of my handwriting. By 3rd grade the computer was introduced in the school classrooms and I was able to use it to express myself where I was unable to with my pencil.
"while many alternative schools define themselves by a domain of interest such as art or writing or (cont) http://tl.gd/2pj5cp
"On their model, researchers should develop large numbers of different ideas, test them rigorously, select (cont) http://tl.gd/2pj7l8
"The ridiculous situation where supply and demand exist but cannot meet comes from the commitment to uniformity in schools." Papert
"The bureaucrat thinks you can make people believe something by issuing orders." Papert
"This belief is supported by the rationalist, who believes that you can make people believe something by advancing convincing arguments."
"A central feature of the little school idea is that it permits a group of like-minded people--teachers, (cont) http://tl.gd/2pjdgt
"The design of a learning environment has to take account of the cultural environment as well, and it's (cont) http://tl.gd/2pjh4m
"A typical parent's reaction will be much more positive to a child coming home and saying, 'I did math with (cont) http://tl.gd/2pjjee
"Even the always more or less illusory belief that in a large school there is a better chance to have a (cont) http://tl.gd/2pjnj0
"public school has paid the heavy price of bureaucratization without adequately protecting those in greatest need." Papert
This concludes my reading of Seymour Papert's 'The Children's Machine.'
Tomorrow I will begin reading S. Craig Watkins, "The Young & the Digital" for Twitter Book Club
RT @anderscj: Tomorrow I will begin reading S. Craig Watkins, "The Young & the Digital" for Twitter Book Club
@anderscj Twitter Book Club? How did that come about?
@briankotts Twitter Book Club came about 12 days ago as an experiment of mine to see if I could synthesize soc contruction of knowledge,
@briankotts Twitter Book Club has a membership of 1. Its an activity, not a club.
@anderscj It just sounded like a great idea.