November 22, 2011
“It is obvious that schools are lagging behind deep changes in our society. They are still organized on the model of production line factories. The deepest reason for the lag is neither the lack of physical technology nor the ability of educators to understand its meaning. The biggest reason is the built-in self-preservationist conservatism of the education system. To my mind the best analogy is the way the Soviet bureaucracy held on to power even though it could see that its economy was going downhill fast. It gave up only when it was in total collapse. I hope the education system is able to change before it collapses.”
Papert, Seymour. (1997) From Relearning Education in the Age of Technology – an interview by Steven Koenig. U.S. Society and Values – U.S.I.A. Electronic Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1997.