- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (April 29, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465010636
- ISBN-13: 978-0465010639
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Children's Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer Reprint Edition
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The children's machine was written in 1993, before the web and when the PC revolution was in full motion. In it we encounter a very friendly and close dialog with one of the greatest genius of the computer age. We encounter several insights about epistemology, some of them dating from the time Papert spent with Piaget in the 60's, but updated to the current times.
Papert also makes explicit something that was more hidden in his other book Mindstorms, the concept of demanding permissiveness. Basically that means that a more libertarian and open education does not mean less work and responsibility. Much to the opposite, even though the results are more fun and efficient. One analogy that I found useful is that even though a system can have many successful outcomes, that does not mean that it has no unsuccessful ones.
His concept of mathetic is also La borated more profoundly. He argues that there is a word for the art and science of teaching (pedagogy) but not one for learning. [...] The purpose is not to establish mathetic in itself, but to get some term to mean it, to make thinking and having a point of view about it more easy and feasible. (As Alan Kay says, a point of view is worth 80 IQ points)
Concluding, let the learner take control of his own lerning experience. Let the computer realize his revolutionary potential.