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“Anything is easy if you can assimilate it to your collection of models.
If you can’t, anything can be painfully difficult.”
Here are some things to think about as you read these chapters:
Papert uses gears as an example of an ‘object to think with’. Can you think of a childhood toy or object that changed the way you think? What makes something an ‘object to think with’? How can we build new toys, objects, and tools to think with?
How does Papert’s view of education differ from conventional models of learning?
Writing in 1980, Papert talks about using computers as the ‘seeds of cultural change’. What kinds of cultural change does he have in mind, and how far along are we?
Papert introduces ‘Mathland’, a metaphor he returns to throughout the book. Can we imagine building tools to help us live in Mathland, and to ‘learn without being taught’? What might these look like?
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