To be honest, I have almost no idea what the demographics of the Mission to Learn readership are, but I assume some percentage of readers is familiar with the work of Seymour Papert. For readers who aren’t, I’d say it’s well worth spending some time getting to know his work, and as it happens, there is a new resource that can help you do it. Via Stephen Downes, I’ve recently become aware of The Daily Papert, a blog that offers a daily dose of “the words and wisdom of Dr. Seymour Papert.” Here are a few gems from the feed, but be sure to subscribe to get more:
“I think it’s an exaggeration, but that there’s a lot of truth in saying that when you go to school, the trauma is that you must stop learning and you must now accept being taught.” (Feb. 28)
Papert’s Principle: “Some of the most crucial steps in mental growth are based not simply on acquiring new skills, but on acquiring new administrative ways to use what one already knows.” (Feb. 24)
“Part of learning is getting information. Somebody stands in front of the classroom and preaches, and information is somehow flowing into people’s heads, or so it is said. But that’s only one part of education. The other part, which Dewey would have emphasized, is about doing things, making things, constructing things. However, in our school systems, as in the popular image of education, the informational side is again dominating.” (Feb. 16)
DON’T: get hung up monitoring your kids’ every mouse click
DO: begin to share their joyful experience of discovery (Feb. 10)
“The most powerful idea of all is the idea of powerful ideas.” (Jan. 24)
The Daily Papert – make it part of your Mission to Learn.
I am an avid lifelong learner who writes and speaks frequently on the critical role of learning in our fast-changing world.