is the music inside the piano?

There are several movements underway in Australia to get more computers into schools "A laptop in the hands of every school child" etc.

I'm in favour of the idea (as a technologist and a futurist) but it strongly reminds me of this quote from Alan Kay:

"Think about it: How many books do schools have—and how well are children doing at reading? How many pencils do schools have—and how well are kids doing at math? It's like missing the difference between music and instruments. You can put a piano in every classroom, but that won't give you a developed music culture, because the music culture is embodied in people."

"The important thing here is that the music is not in the piano. And knowledge and edification is not in the computer. The computer is simply an instrument whose music is ideas."

 

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