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February 20, 2011

It takes intellectual chutzpah to be serious about replacing “using technology to improve education” by a similar sounding statement with a very different meaning: “inventing new visions of education in the context of a digital world.” And it takes personal chutzpah to face down members of the Education Establishment when they sneer (or worse, smile) at the idea of technology significantly influencing the content of education. “It is just a tool,” they say; “technology should serve the curriculum, not dictate it.”

It is lack of chutzpah that prevents many of our colleagues from looking the would-be humanist in the eye and saying: “No, Doctor Professor, the boot is on the other foot. It is your established curriculum and your concept of School that were dictated by technology—the pre-twentieth century technology of writing, printing, and calculating. The real offer of digital technology is liberation from the consequences of having been restricted by these primitive tools!”

Papert, S. (1998) Let’s Tie the Digital Knot. In Technos Quarterly. Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 1998


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Comment by Mary Henton on February 23, 2011 at 8:25am
Thanks, Bonnie, for introducing me to the Daily Papert. I just signed up. I admit, too, that I am not familiar with Papert's work, even though I did my masters in education, just a couple of miles down the road. How did I miss his contributions?

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