May 18, 1983

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New York--At a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences here this spring, Seymour Papert managed to take issue with just about every teaching method that schools use in education--particularly the way most of them are now using computers.
Several weeks ago, the Bell Commission's report on excellence in education appeared. The need for educators to address the concerns it raised is as compelling as it is daunting. Yet often overlooked in the agonizing over the problems in education today is the enormous effect of collective bargaining. The wholesale adoption by many states of the private-sector model of labor relations for teachers has and will continue to impede efforts to improve our schools.
Prior to the middle of this century, the schools in America's largest cities were the exemplars of American public education. Talented teachers and administrators sought positions in the large-city schools and the achievements of the students were legion.
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