Papert on Teaching Computer Skills [...]

From Seymour Papert’s The Children’s Machine:

In the case of computer knowledge, [Paolo Freire’s] banking approach is often defended by the argument that it will stand the students in good stead when they grow up and look for jobs that will require computer skills. Nothing could be more ridiculous. If “computer skills” is interpreted in a narrow sense of technical knowledge about computers, there is nothing the children can learn now that is worth banking: By the time they grow up, the computer skills required in the workplace will have evolved into something fundamentally different. But what makes the argument truly ridiculous is that the very idea of banking computer knowledge for use one day in the workplace undermines the only really important “computer skills”: the skill and habit of using the computer in doing whatever one is doing. But this is exactly what was given up in shifting the computer into the computer lab.

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