May 10, 2012 (Rare Discoveries Week)

“So I think the number one task has to be to really create spearheads, nuclei of change where we can really demonstrate that something really different can be done  – something not improvement, but radically different.” Papert, S. (2000) Keynote Address at CUE Conference. Palm Springs, CA.  In May 2000, Seymour Papert delivered a barn-burner […]

February 1, 2012

“The computer greatly expands what is in the culture of the child’s life. What the computer does is to make it possible for natural learning, which really means learning without teaching, without being taught, to be extended [exposed] to a much greater range of knowledge. I think we see when kids learn by themselves, to […]

January 25, 2012

“Imagine a society in which there were schools, but writing had not yet been invented, so there are no books and there are no pencils. People teach verbally and they learn by listening. It’s possible. One day somebody invents writing, and they invent the pencil. Somebody says, “Wow, this would be great for education, it […]

October 27, 2011

“I believe in “Kid Power.” Our education systems underestimate kids. It INFANTALIZES them by assuming they are incompetent. An eight-year old is capable of doing 90% of tech support and a 12 year old 100%. And this is not exploiting the children: it is giving them a powerful learning experience.” Papert, Seymour. (2006) Seymour Papert […]

October 18, 2011

“And at the same time that this massive penetration of the technology is taking place, there is a social movement afoot with great relevance for the politics of education. There is an increasing disillusion with traditional education. Some people express this by extreme action, actually withdrawing their children from schools and choosing to educate them […]

October 17, 2011

“I am convinced that the way children learn will improve dramatically and often find myself fighting fiercely with those who say computers have little to offer in this area or will do actual harm by immersing children in artificial worlds at the expense of spending time with nature. Yet when I visit a school, ninety-nine […]

October 13, 2011

“To skeptics who might ridicule seeing learning as the most important issue in a deeply troubled world, I will only say that none of the world’s troubles will be resolved unless people, especially those of the next generation, learn to think in better ways than those who brought the troubles about. Having said this I […]

October 12, 2011

“I have described myself as an educational utopian — not because I have projected a future of education in which children are surrounded by high technology, but because I believe that certain uses of very powerful computational technology and computational ideas can provide children with new possibilities for learning, thinking, and growing emotionally as well […]

September 28, 2011

“But throwing out entrenched, misleading ideas and providing children with open access to computers is not enough in itself. We also need a whole new set of concepts and paradigms for studying the learning process in this burgeoning computer age. What I am saying about computers is no doubt true about other materials and other […]

September 12, 2011

“I think it’s better to put 100 computers in one percent of the schools than one computer in 100 percent of the schools.” Seymour Papert in Sullivan, N. (1984 ) “Seymour Papert, the Inventor of Logo has a Lot of Interesting Ideas” [interview]. Family PC Magazine. February 1984. Volume 2. Number 2. pp 70. Tweet […]