Senti-as há tempos no final da leitura do livro de S. Papert (The Children's Machine) quando dei com umas coisas escritas que apeteceu partilhar de imediato. Mas não... ele era praia, ele era sol, porquê começar tão cedo a escurecer o céu se ainda faltava algum tempo para o Inverno?
Mas a comichão persistiu e, azar o vosso, hoje não consigo encontrar inspiração para poema algum.
Assim... Que se há-de fazer? Amanhã, se tudo correr bem, arranjo para aí umas flores e umas borboletas e pinto umas palavras de relax...
E vai mesmo em inglês que nem me atrevo a quebrar o cristal límpido das palavras do Papert.
Qualquer semelhança entre uma coisa e a outra coisa... não deve ser pura coincidência. Admito até que seja doença. E doença contagiosa!
(...) We are living with an educational system that is fundamentally as irrational as the command economy and ultimately for the same reason. Is does not have the capacity for local adaptation that is necessary for a complex system even to function efficiently in a changing environment, and is doubly necessary for such a system to be able to evolve.
What this means will be appreciated more concretely by looking at proposals for education reforms that fail in systemic thinking. A good example is the plan with the grandious title " America 2000", announced by George Bush so as to make good on his campaign promise to become "the education president". My discussion is not intended as a partisan attack on Bush; the flaws in thinking are, in more or less severe forms, almost universal in contemporary educational thinking.
(...) Bush announced that by the end of the century American students will be the best in the world. The lynchpin of his proposals for achieving this was to institute a national system of tests. If this happened, he seemed to hope, Americans would no longer have to be embarrassed by reading that their children scored seventeenth in an international survey of science knowledge, or wonder there is after all any truth in the statement made by a Japanese politian in 1992 that American workers are lazy and ignorant. (...)
There was no hint in Bush's education plan of any specific theory of what might be wrong with the present situation on the level of underlying mechanisms. His remedies were the remedies the bureau-cratic mind proposes indiscriminately for every situation: Issue orders, tighten controls. Weakness in result can mean only that people are lazy and a good system of tests will expose them.
(os sublinhados sao meus)
That's all folks!