I downloaded Seth Godin's book Stop Stealing Dreams. I'm 32% through it. I have read some of Seth Godin's posts via Trent from The Simple Dollar's roundup edition, where he appears regularly. I am fascinated by his understanding of the post-industrialized world, the world of connection, and his description of the educational model that will be effective. He writes about how even 5th graders can educate themselves with this new connectivity. I have seen this with Chana; in her quest for animation, she finds techniques that she wants to learn, and then she contacts the people who do it and requests tips, or, even better, for them to make a youtube tutorial. Within a few hours, a tutorial is up in response. She then can ask questions. It's remarkable.
I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. It confirms that the unschooling, or "child-led" model of education is efficient and full of passion and excitement.
He says (and it's obvious, really, but Seth Godin is always full of good sense that is obvious in retrospect and I need him to say it), the connectivity of instant, world wide communication allows people with the same passions and interests to find each other. Now we can have conversations with each other and learn and grow from each other. And collaborate. And information doesn't need to be hoarded or memorized. It is all instantly available.
Here is a quote that is apropos of the question of allowing children unlimited access to technology and multimedia:
A citizen can spend his spare time getting smarter, more motivated, and more involved, or he can tune out, drop out, and entertain himself into a stupor.
Nurturing children to follow their passions will likely encourage them, especially with unlimited media access, to follow dreams. Another quote: "Settling for the not-particularly uplifting dream of a boring, steady job isn't helpful. Dreaming of being picked--picked to be on TV...or picked to be lucky--isn't helpful either..The dreams we need are self-reliant dreams. We need dreams based not on what is but on what might be. We need students who can learn how to learn, who can discover how to push themselves and are generous enough and honest enough to engage with the outside world to make those dreams happen."