I asked Alan Kay, on the Squeak list, for some clarification of the "non universals" slide from his Europython 2006 keynote
This has sparked a discussion about powerful ideas - what are they and why don't they figure more in School or University education?
The 'non universals' thread starts here (my initial post) or for an overview of the August archive (to follow the subthreads more coherently) look here
Some of the discussion points so far:
- Where does the non universals list originate from?
- Clarification of the meanings of these terms from the non universals list: 'Theory of Harmony' and 'Similarities over Differences'
- Why aren't powerful ideas taken up by School?
- Elaboration on the reasons for the huge gulf between genuinely powerful ideas and the current reality of our formal education systems
Someone once asked Mohandas Gandhi what he thought of Western Civilization, and he said he "thought it would be a good idea!"These are important issues, we need to discuss them more. Understatement.
Similarly, if you asked me what I thought of University Education, I would say that "it would be a good idea!"