Asimov and learning

In my last blog post I mentioned Isaac Asimov. Here (below) is part of a Bill Moyers interview of Asimov. “If we keep turning science fiction into science fact, we may have to rethink what we mean by education.”

“Anyone at any time can be educated in any subject that strikes our fancy. The key is, ‘strikes our fancy’.”

“Every idea I’ve ever had I’ve written down. I just enjoy it so.”

“If from the start, children are educated into appreciating their own creativity then probably we can almost all of us be creative.”

Part 2

“Once we have computers in every home hooked up to libraries where anyone can ask questions and be given answers about something you’re interested in…at your own speed and in your own direction then everyone will enjoy learning.”

“Through this machine (computers), for the first time we will have a one-to-one relation between information source and information consumer. In the old days there was a tutor if you could afford one, but how many people could afford one? Now everyone can have a teacher in the form of access to the gathered knowledge of the human species.”

“Each student can be the sole dictator of what he is going to learn.”

“People think of education as something that you can finish. Anyone, any age, can learn by yourself…there is no reason why you should stop learning just because you reach a certain age. Make it possible for people to enjoy learning and they’ll keep it up.”

It would be great if we could bring Asimov back and ask him if the internet is accomplishing the kind of revolution in learning that he had imagined.

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