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Seymour Papert Quotes

Don't look back you're not going that way - Inspirational Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future - Friend Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
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The reason most kids don’t like school is not that the work is too hard, but that it is utterly boring.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) I think Disney is a very interesting company, and it does have an extremely powerful means for projecting a certain way of thinking.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Now more people are doing work that requires individual decision-making and problem-solving, and we need an educational system that will help develop those skills.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Corporate America needs to get its act together to see that the education system is changed so it produces what it needs. The educational system that teaches kids to be passive recipients of knowledge worked when most workers were sitting in assembly lines.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) We often treat children as if they’re not very competent to do anything on their own. So we make them stop learning in a natural way - by exploring. Logo [the computer programming language ] allows them to find their way around the computer, as they would find their way around the house, uncontaminated by the bureaucracies of schools.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Similarly, computer literacy courses tend to produce computer people who know a lot about computers or a piece of software but they don’t help people become fluent with the machine.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Often kids in a computer lab learn about word-processing, but if they want to write an essay, they write it by hand. This is exactly the opposite of what you want them to learn. They’re approaching the computer as just another abstract school subject.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) If a kid really is retarded and can only come up to a certain level, he will still have more success if what he learns is connected with something important to him.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Rather than pushing children to think like adults, we might do better to remember that they are great learners and to try harder to be more like them.  (Seymour Papert Quotes) You can’t think seriously about thinking without thinking about thinking about something  (Seymour Papert Quotes) One might say the computer is being used to program the child. In my vision, the child programs the computer, and in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intense contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building  (Seymour Papert Quotes) The word constructionism is a mnemonic for two aspects of the theory of science education underlying this project. From constructivist theories of psychology we take a view of learning as a reconstruction rather than as a transmission of knowledge. Then we extend the idea of manipulative materials to the idea that learning is most effective when part of an activity the learner experiences as constructing a meaningful product  (Seymour Papert Quotes) You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it  (Seymour Papert Quotes) A programming language is like a natural, human language in that it favors certain methaphors, images, and ways of thinking  (Seymour Papert Quotes) For what is important when we give children a theorem to use is not that they should memorize it. What matters most is that by growing up with a few very powerful theorems one comes to appreciate how certain ideas can be used as tools to think with over a lifetime. One learns to enjoy and to respect the power of powerful ideas. One learns that the most powerful idea of all is the idea of powerful ideas  (Seymour Papert Quotes) We imagine a school in which students and teachers excitedly and joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in pursuit of projects built on their vision... not one that succeeds in making apathetic students satisfying minimal standards  (Seymour Papert Quotes) Nothing enrages me more than when people criticize my criticism of school by telling me that schools are not just places to learn maths and spelling, they are places where children learn a vaguely defined thing called socialization... I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities  (Seymour Papert Quotes)