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Book Title: Falling for Science: Objects in Mind|
The author of the book: Sherry Turkle
Edition: MIT Press (MA)
Date of issue: May 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780262201728
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It would be nice to think that those shaping the future of education in the United States would take the time to read and think about what these scientists (and former students, mostly from MIT) have to say about the things that drew them into scientific study. President Obama, Secretary Duncan, Chancellor Klein: listen up.
Not one person mentions how standardized testing and test prep changed his or her life.
Instead, again and again, the word "play" appears...the importance of play, of physical manipulation of objects and materials as the foundation for understanding abstract scientific principles...the importance of discovery, of taking things apart and then trying to put them back together, of being allowed to "fail", of learning from what doesn't work as much as from what does...the importance of non-programmed content to learning, leaning from the bottom up rather than top-down dictation.
Seymour Papert, in his essay, "makes the point that if anyone had tried to test him to determine what was happening as his curiosity was expanding, they would have found nothing to measure...finding nothing to measure does not mean that nothing is going on. Too often, if we can't formulate a test, we give up on a method or we give up on a child."
All the essays are fun to read; "Chocolate Meringue", about how an obsession with cooking lead to a science career, by Selby Cull, is magical. Alan Kay's "Vacuums" is wonderful on the way the best education works: "Miss Quirk...took projects that interested children and integrated real mathematics, science, and art into them. That was her curriculum."
Over and over, Legos are mentioned by these scientists as key components of their childhood play, for their open-ended ability to engage then and help them understand the mathematic and scientific concepts they later encountered in school. Yet one of Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein's first directives when they took over the NYC schools was to remove Legos--and other activities considered non-academic--from classrooms, starting with kindergarten. No playing allowed!
They say they want creative thinkers, scientists and artists to move our nation into the future. But their educational actions say they only want people who can fill in the blanks of what has already been done and said.
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Read information about the authorSherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Professor Turkle writes on the "subjective side" of people's relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics. Profiles of Professor Turkle have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired Magazine. She has been named "woman of the year" by Ms. Magazine and among the "forty under forty" who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. She is a featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline, Frontline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.
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