[Squeakland] Educational research

subbukk subbukk at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 19:32:02 PST 2007

On Thursday 22 November 2007 11:26 pm, Alan Kay wrote:
> Hi Folks --
> .... Yet, in
> the US where classrooms do have books, and there
> are free public libraries in most towns,
> education is failing. Should we blame the book or
> should we blame the classrooms and what's behind them?
It is a quantity vs. quality issue. Books are indeed numerous and available, 
but well-written books are hard to find. I recollect my frustration 
in "understanding" electromagnetism during my school days till I stumbled on 
Maxwell's original article in a edited collection stashed in a dusty corner 
of a library. Here, at last, was a spirited presentation written without 
recourse to circumlocutions, jargons or acronyms.

Technology can help in keeping such "books" in active circulation and make the 
term "out of print" obsolete.


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