The dream of computerised learning

“Computerised learning systems will return much of teaching to the home. For many years we have provided public education by gathering students into regional schools. They are segmented by age (rarely ability) and taught en masse rather than at their own pace.

With teaching machines, knowledge could be imparted at home. The necessary social skills would be better learnt in community groups of 15 – 20 students of distributed age and ability, where they could interact in a non-competitive environment.

… What effect would this have on parents who use schools as child-minding centres while they work? Will the main orientation of our education have to change from vocational to creative leisure?’

-Professor V.X. Gledhill in National Times May 12, 1979

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