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 kirby urner Posts: 3,690 Registered: 11/29/05
Posted: Jul 7, 2017 9:51 PM

GSC:

> I have never used MIT Scratch, so I can't say. I
> have 'glanced' at the MIT Scratch page - found it
> quite interesting, and am fairly sure that children
> would find it so. But then, I'm not a child.
>

Adults find it interesting too. I'm thinking of doing a
next "powerpoint" in Scratch, using it as my presentation
manager. You don't need to be a child to find Scratch
interesting.

> Would like to check out further.

I encourage this. Relate it to "systems thinking"?

> As I've noted elsewhere, there is significant
> difference between an 'intelligent curriculum' and a
> 'curriculum written by an 'intelligent person'.
>
> The difference is not, so far as I know, explored
> adequately - not by Kirby Urner, and not by RH
> either.
>

Which is preferable? I'd think an intelligent curriculum
is what we want, whereas many intelligent people get
pressured into writing curricula that are not intelligent.

> Such a re-examination of 'assumptions of what
> pedagogy is' demands a fair bit of 'systems thinking'
> on the part of the person doing the re-examination.
>

I'd say the evolution of MIT Scratch as a mainstay in
some school systems is a result of 'systems thinking'.
Long ago, we started with Logo, a language that these
later languages have taken their tricks from.

I've been clamoring to introduce "dot notation" as a
somewhat critical STEM-related grammatical construct.

turtle = new Turtle()
turtle.forward(10)
turtle.right(90)

That's what dot notation looks like. Briefly:

noun = new Noun() # birth
noun.verb() # behavior
noun.adjective = whatever # property / attribute

This is how business & industry thinks a lot, at the
source code level. Time to update the curriculum to
reflect that. Overdue.

Math teachers were lazy about thinking how to introduce
this new stuff. Nowadays it looks like CS is taking over.
The schools think they have time to overlook this
opportunity to retrain math teachers in place, and recruit
CS faculty instead. That'll take awhile, they comfort
themselves in saying. As if the future will wait. As
if clinging to the past were not a risky / radical
experiment, doomed from the outset.

https://medium.com/@kirbyurner/the-plight-of-high-school-math-teachers-c0faf0a6efe6