[IAEP] kusasa

Bill Kerr billkerr at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 19:29:41 EST 2009

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 4:11 AM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>wrote:

> On 13.01.2009, at 17:53, Samuel Klein wrote:

> >> Also see
> >>
> >> http://www.kusasa.org/background/mathland/mathland.html
> >
> > yes... a great project to discuss, actually.
> Indeed. Does anybody have contacts to them, to find out in more detail
> why it was canceled?

struck me as an honest attempt to summarise the reasons

some discussion at tom hoffman's blog last year:

Sadly if a project does require "advanced teacher skills" (which ought to be
spelt out) it does often falter at that point - difficult to scale

Papert proposed a new field of teacher training called humanistic computer
studies, where:

"In my vision of this field its professionals will need special combinations
of competences. Apart from a foundation in scientific knowledge and
technological skill they will need high degrees of psychological sensitivity
and 'artistic' imagination. For the ones who will make the greatest social
contribution will be those who know how to mold the computer into forms
which people will love to use and in ways which will lead them on to
enrichment and enhancement...." (from Solomon, p.133)
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