May 24, 2012

“Skeptics of the possibility of change in schools often recall that it is now a hundred years since the American philosopher and educator John Dewey wrote his persuasive books criticizing the way schools teach and proposing the new methods that became known as progressive education. Nobody has refuted Dewey or proved him wrong-in fact nobody can, since he was very obviously right on the whole. Yet the initial excitement about progressive education faded away, and most schools that adopted progressive methods diluted them down to become window dressing for doing things in very much the same old way. Then there was the Swiss philosopher-psychologist-educator Jean Piaget. He is studied by every student in every education school, but you need a mental microscope to detect his influence in schools. The fact is that School has been extremely resistant to change. Why should this time be different?”

Papert, S. (1996) The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap. Atlanta: Longstreet Press. Page 162.

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