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Old 09-11-2009, 09:32 AM   #30
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The Greek reference was Socrates

“…this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.”

Socrates, Phaedrus.

It is quite amazing actually.

Here's another one (sort of veering off topic, sorry)

“Today in our cities, most learning occurs outside the classroom. The sheer quantity of information conveyed by [the new media] far exceeds the monopoly of the book as a teaching aid and cracked the very walls of the classroom so suddenly, we’re confused, baffled...[M]any teachers naturally view the offerings of the new media as entertainment, rather than education. But this carries no conviction to the student.”

Marshall McLuhan’s 1957 essay “Classroom without Walls”

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