Re: youth & adult education

Dale R. Reed (
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 07:50:42 -0700

Robin Martin wrote:
<snip> Yet, both of these models seem to focus on either youth or
adults, not both. Could we (or have any of you) create educational
programs that build on both the creative powers of adults and youth?
> Would welcome comments on this topic!

Hi Robin. I often wonder how your adult/youth project is going. Happy
to see you are still in there pitching. I for one think you have a
fine idea. But maybe that is because I am a youthful adult. Or an old

Anyway Andy Smallman at is trying his best to
include all ages in his cyberschool. And Andy is always willing to
honestly describe his experiences. In fact you can contact his students
via their homepages and see what they say. I would be interested also
so maybe you can get them to contribute to the discussion.

But I do not imagine you will have much luck getting the youngsters to
contribute very much. There are exceptions like SwiftRain presently(or
was last school year) at Sudbury but generally from the few cyber and
off-line experiences I have had I conclude that oldsters and youngsters
do not mix very well. Except for within their own families of course. It
really is too bad for they have so much pleasure to give each other.

Robin you are on a noble quest. Expect only small victories. Or
paraphrasing Ellie's father in Contact, "small moves Robin, small
moves." Dale

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