Creating things versus following the recipe book

Mr. Negroponte says this better than I do – and after what I’ve seen this week it needs to be said again.  I think we can take out the ‘in the developing world’ part too:

“In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools.”

—Nicholas Negroponte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab

Quote link:The Washington Post 1/2/2007
Quote link:The Washington Post 1/2/2007

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Creating things versus following the recipe book

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