Given my post on libraries, a few folks linked me to this recent piece by author Neil Gaiman. My favorite part:
I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him: Why? Science fiction had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?
It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.
To have imagination, you have to spark imagination.
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren’t getting much out of school — until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
Allowing children more responsibility to guide themselves utilizing their interests and learning needs reflects the open source, DIY age we are beginning to enter.
"That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process."
The idea that knowledge emerges from curiosity-fueled exploration—from simple play to complex pattern identification and selection is a major part of the educational principles of thebodyliterate.com
The co-creator of Twitter and Blogger has decided that “the internet is simply a giant machine designed to give people what they want.” Here’s what this grand unified theory means and where it came from.
“What the internet is doing now is connecting everyone and everything, every event and every thought, in multiple ways — layer upon layer of connection. Increasingly, everything that happens and everything we do, everyplace you go and check in, every thought you have and share, and every person who liked that thought… is all connected…and it keeps multiplying relentlessly.”
These connections aren’t just proliferating, he said. They’re proliferating in a particular direction. There’s an organizing principle that explains what thrives on the internet and could potentially predict what will thrive in the future: Convenience.
"“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company,” he said. “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”"