[Its.an.education.project] Another set of thoughts
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Sat May 3 03:38:12 CEST 2008
Thanks for sharing these essays. I still hold out hope that this book in
its entirety will one day be available under a free license, as Squeak By
On the subject of large questions, Antoine asks:
On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Antoine van Gelder <antoine at g7.org.za>
...and one question:
> What is the goal of a project if it's an education project ?
There's some relation here to questions about how much research and
introspection is considered fundamental.
On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 2:55 PM, Kim Rose <kim.rose at vpri.org> wrote:
> Hi, Greg -
> The book Alan refers to is "Powerful Ideas in the Classroom" by BJ
> Conn and me -- you can see more here:
> The essay Alan "passed around" was originally the foreword for this
> On May 2, 2008, at 11:51 AM, Greg Smith (gregmsmi) wrote:
> > Hi Alan et al,
> > Great article, thanks. I'm struck by how similar it is to Marvin
> > Minsky's recent post on learning mathematics
> > (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Marvin_Minsky_essays).
> > Interestingly, both use the same topology (mapping) analogy for
> > learning.
> > The end of your article refers to a book and projects in it. Can you
> > send a link to that?
> > I really like your case that children have to try it out for
> > themselves
> > to fully appreciate the meaning of length or size.
> > Understanding what science means by "knowing" was brought home for me
> > when the Children's Museum in Boston took out the old T-Rex model (now
> > outside) and replaced it with a new very different one. Until I was
> > about 20 years old, everyone said the old one represented what T-Rex
> > really looked like. Then he changed!
> > Thanks,
> > Greg S
> > Alan Kay <alan.nemo at yahoo.com>
> >> At the risk of trying to talk about education, here is another little
> >> essay with a few observations...
> >> http://www.vpri.org/pdf/human_condition.pdf
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