Children will revolt

- Please teacher what did I learned today - That's a peculiar - They will ask me when I get home

Boy – “Please, teacher, what did I learn today?”
Teacher – “That’s a peculiar question”
Boy – “They will ask me when I get home”

While preparing a contribution on the future of Open Education, I discovered a dialogue between Seymour Papert and Paulo Freire that took place at the end of the 1980’s.

Papert mentioned in his conversation with Freire a cartoon from the Punch Magazine that gives much to think about the  importance of learning vs. teaching. Papert links it to what he understands school is about, i.e.  “learning by being told” or better said “by being taught” as opposed to  “learning by exploring”. According to him, “many children are destroyed by that, strangled”. 20 years later we keep arguing upon the ways for creativity to enter the classroom.

Skills mismatch vs. democratic imbalance


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Youth unemployment is one of the most serious challenges we face. In Spain, where I live, more than 50% of young people are unemployed. More than 32% are early school leavers. More than 25% live below the poverty line. The threat of a lost generation is much more acute than the risk of the Spanish banking system collapsing.

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