Marvin Minsky on Education

Children, Learning, and Computation:

What are the possibilities for children’s intellectual growth when every child has a computer?

In the essays included here, Marvin Minsky shares his wisdom about children, learning, school and computation.

Five of the essays were written for OLPC ( One Laptop Per Child Foundation). The sixth essay was written as a preface to LogoWorks, a book of challenging Logo projects.

Marvin Minsky points out that:

Computer Science is not only about computers themselves; more generally, it provides us with a whole new world of ways to understand complex processes—including the ones that go on in our own mind. For until those new techniques arrived (such as programming languages for describing processes, and data structures for representing knowledge), we had no expressions that people could use to articulate—and then communicate—good new ideas about such things.

Minsky is known world wide as a co-founder of the field of Artificial Intelligence. His books, The Society of Mind and The Emotion Machine, have provided new insights into how the mind works and how machines can be given commonsense reasoning.

OLPC 1: What makes Mathematics hard to learn?

OLPC 2: Effects Of Grade-Based Segregation

OLPC 3: Role Models, Mentors, and Imprimers and Thinking

OLPC 4: Questioning “General” Education

OLPC 5: Education and Psychology

LogoWorks: Preface

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