Dr. Asimov


I encourage anyone to watch this. This is part two of an interview with Dr. Isaac Asimov. It is unreal how “right on” Asimov is with his opinions and optimistic views are for learning in the future, as seen at the beginning of the video. Please note this interview was filmed in 1988. Asimov states, “You ask, you can find out, you can follow it up, you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, at your own direction, on your own time. then everyone will enjoy learning…now adays what people call ‘learning’, is forced on you…”(Asimov, 1988). Asimov talks about how the internet can spark learning interests because of the power of technology. He talks about social networking long before the famous Facebook or MySpace websites were in existence. Asimov was all about learning progressively. Are you? What does this video mean to you? Learning with technology can save schools and students’ interest in learning and knowledge. This video is very powerful in the sense of he is discussing what can and should happen for the future, over twenty years ago.

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4 responses to “Dr. Asimov

  • johngschroeder

    Asimov predicted the future very well, and he described a great way of learning. However most of what he said was just opinion and I don’t think that it is safe to say that he was “right” or that he describes the way that education “should” be. When most kids are left alone, don’t they choose to just eat junk food and watch tv?

    • Thomas Steele-Maley

      I believe what Asimov is “visioning” is inline with most of the research backed learning theory and praxis for today (See the OECD recommendations, US Department of Education, or the Education publication stream c. 2009). Kids left alone to “eat junk food and watch tv” is a truism that is proliferated by the irrelevancy of education in this country and the idea that “school” is something to get “out” of as Asimov states. The connected and constructive educator of today is working hard to realize the change necessary to transform education and its systems to be quite like Mr. Asimov’s vision. I hope you might join this movement for positive change in learning! Thanks for commenting!

      • JohngSchroeder

        Professor, there is nothing more American than anecdotal evidence! I don’t know why you are disagreeing with me here. As Stephen Colbert put it,

        “That’s where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say “I did look it up, and that’s not true.” That’s ’cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that’s how our nervous system works.”

        I’ll check out those links, thanks.

  • Thomas Steele-Maley

    Good post here in many ways. I appreciate what you have done to get outside comments! This is important! Making powerful statements and backing them up is true scholarship. Keep an eye on your comments!

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