Eroded Away

Little by little, the subversive features of the computer were eroded away. Instead of cutting across and challenging the very idea of subject boundaries, the computer now defined a new subject; instead of changing the emphasis from impersonal curriculum to excited live exploration by students, the computer was now used to reinforce School’s ways. What had started as a subversive instrument of change was neutralized by the system and converted into an instrument of consolidation.

— Seymour Papert, The Children’s Machine

quoted in Audrey Watters, Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots

comments powered by Disqus