Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

35 years ago, I had already read dozens of Asimov's science fiction works and was a fan. I may well have read this article. 35 years later it still rings true, with one caveat: the time scale is too brief by about half, a common failing of predictions. The world changes more slowly than we realize. His comments on education are telling:

"Schools will undoubtedly still exist, but a good schoolteacher can do no better than to inspire curiosity which an interested student can then satisfy at home at the console of his computer outlet. There will be an opportunity finally for every youngster, and indeed, every person, to learn what he or she wants to learn. in his or her own time, at his or her own speed, in his or her own way. Education will become fun because it will bubble up from within and not be forced in from without."

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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