“Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you’re interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else… that’s what YOU are interested in, and you can ask, and you can find out, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in your own time… Then, everyone would enjoy learning. Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different.”
He’s talking, boys and girls, about unschooling. In a nutshell. And articulating why I give my kids pretty much unfettered and unlimited access to the Internet, Youtube included… They’re small and vulnerable people still, so it’s supervised access: the computers are in the living room, and there’s a parent intermittently peeking over their shoulder… but they are masters of the search engine and the mouse.
For Isaac Asimov on Bill Moyer’s World of Ideas in 1998, and fuller excerpts from those interviews and other essays, to to BrainPickings.org: Isaac Asimov on Creativity. Brainpickings.org, by the way–one of the gems of the Internet. My gift to you today, if you haven’t heard of it yet.