[Squeakland] Educational research

Karl karl.ramberg at comhem.se
Sat Nov 24 03:31:05 PST 2007

subbukk wrote:
> 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.
I think it's more a matter of keeping critical and fact based thinking 
and discussion away from a dusty corner ;-)


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