…not the philosopher, but the computer-assisted education system.
This post notes that many of the concepts now being hyped as features of computer-based education were in fact initially developed as elements of the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) system, which was first deployed in 1960. Surely, over the 46 years of PLATO’s operational life a great deal of knowledge was gained about what works and what doesn’t work when computers are directly applied to teaching. I wonder how much of this experience has been considered by, or is even known to, the current hypemeisters of classroom computing.
Generally speaking, I think things in our society would go better if there were more awareness of history–not only general political and social history, but also specific history relating to particular fields, industries, and technologies. I suspect such lack of historical perspective is particularly strong in the educational field.
(via Newmark’s Door)