Jim Cash
Jim Cash
Jan 2 · 1 min read

I think it is important to view Papert’s ideas as a vision for learning. I don’t subscribe to embracing visions for higher quality learning that are limited. And I have massive faith in teachers — I have worked with many ‘virtuoso’ teachers and administrators who are on the path to realizing elements of his vision within the constraints of traditional structures that are still in place. The fact that you refer to it as a problem of ‘classroom management’ might be where your skepticism is rooted. In my daily experience working with classroom teachers, putting Papert’s ideas (and other consonant ideas) into practical practice became possible and probable when they modified their teacher-centric philosophies by accommodating learner-centric ones. It does not require a wholescale, country-wide retooling of education… it is already happening, in my experience, although slowly… Maybe the school systems in the USA are different in ways I don’t really understand but in my large school district (which has 257 schools and 156K students) I see it happening daily.

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