June 8, 2011

“Einstein used the words “so simple only a genius could have thought of it” to describe the theory advanced by pioneering Swiss philosopher and psychologist Jean Piaget that children don’t think like grown-ups. Of course, it does not take a theory or a genius to find children’s utterances cutely surprising or exasperatingly illogical. It took both to understand, as Piaget began to suspect after thousands of conversations with children, that their thinking has its own kind of order and its own kind of logic.”

Papert, S. (1999) “Papert on Piaget.” Time magazine’s special issue on “The Century’s Greatest Minds,” page 105, March 29, 1999.

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