'Junk 90 per cent of the curriculum'

29th September 2000 at 01:00
ONE OF THE world's leading ICT experts called on schools to use technology and the Internet to enhance "learning by doing", not just the informational side of education.

Seymour Papert, who invented the Logo computer language, said such a switch in thinking would have "a deep and radical transformational effect on learning".

But schools would first have to rethink what they taught and 90 per cent of present curriculum content would have to be "junked".

Professor Papert, who spoke by video-link from his home in the nited States, suggested "randomness" should replace today's curricular structures. This would help pupils to see something real and to solve real problems.

"Schools have forced children to use ideas that they can't actually use and that has led to their disempowerment," he said.

He believed teachers should regard themselves as "co-learners" with their pupils. "If I want to be a good carpenter, I will go and find a good carpenter," he said. "So if I want to learn, I need to find someone who is a good learner."

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