[Squeakland] the non universals

Alan Kay alan.kay at squeakland.org
Sun Aug 19 06:18:40 PDT 2007

Hi --

Yes, I used to visit the IAHP quite a bit 15-20 years ago. They have 
some excellent insights, and are certainly optimists about what 
babies and young children can learn to do.



05:02 PM 8/18/2007, Blake wrote:
>On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 06:16:25 -0700, Alan Kay <alan.kay at squeakland.org>
> > Over the last 30+ years of my own experience I have been greatly
> > surprised at some of the things children have shown they can do (the
> > 4 year olds at Reggio Emilia, the 6 year olds of Julia Nishijima,
> > that 5th graders could do the Galilean gravity project I designed for
> > 9th graders, etc.). Basically, we still don't really know what
> > children can learn at different ages if the subject matter is
> > properly formed. The experiments are very difficult to do, and lots
> > of them need to be done (in part because there are so many things
> > that can prevent a good reading of the children).
>         I think you would find interest in a visit to the 
> Institutes for the
>Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia (www.iahp.org), if you're
>not familiar with it already. (I was reminded of it when you mentioned
>McLuhan, whom I know made some contributions there in the '70s.) They've
>been wrestling with these questions for 60 years now and they have some
>interesting and effective answers.
>         ===Blake===
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