[plt-scheme] Computers considered harmful

From: ebellani at gmail.com (ebellani at gmail.com)
Date: Wed May 6 18:30:05 EDT 2009

> The latest instantiation is to say we must teach 'computational
> thinking' and must stay away from programming as long as possible. Or at
> least for a semester. So use the computer and canned apps (say spreadsheets
> and possibly story boards) but don't make them program.

That would be very sad indeed. If anyone would want to understand why, go take a look
at anything Seymour Papert's works, like Mindstorms [1] or for a shorter reading [2].

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Mindstorms-Children-Computers-Powerful-Ideas/dp/0465046746
[2] http://www.papert.org/articles/ComputerCriticismVsTechnocentric.html 

Eduardo Bellani


Someone once called me "just a dreamer"
That offended me, the "just" part.
Being a dreamer is hard work. 
It really gets hard when you start believing in your dreams.
--Doug Engelbart

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: OpenPGP digital signature
URL: <http://lists.racket-lang.org/users/archive/attachments/20090506/8b04e36c/attachment.sig>

Posted on the users mailing list.