Rob Wall and I have been having an interesting side bar discussion about the future of schooling/schools. Well, on his Website, Stephen Downes described a session by Seymour Papert at a recent conference that takes the position that we’re witnessing the end of schools as we know them. If you’re interested…
Seymour Papert: To save the schools, we have to break them.
The current move toward standardization is a last gasp,
“the last twitch of the dragon’s tail” as the old system
dies. It is natural, in such a time, for the bureaucracy to
close ranks, to centrally impose something like
standardization “instead of its direct opposite, higher
standards.” By Stephen Downes, Stephen’s Web, March 16,