The Child of the Future: How Might He Learn

The Child of the Future: How Might He Learn

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Education is increasingly affected by technological advance. How the changes affect the child are shown in this far-ranging study of what is new in educational theory and practice. Appearing in the film are several leading educators and innovators, including Dr. Jerome Bruner of Harvard University and host-narrator Dr. Marshall McLuhan.

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Credits
  • director
    Theodore Conant
  • producer
    Theodore Conant
  • executive producer
    Frank Spiller
  • photography
    Jean-Claude Labrecque
  • sound
    Leo O'Donnell
    Roger Hart
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • editing
    David Green
  • sound editing
    Sidney Pearson
  • host
    Marshall McLuhan

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  • Jaiwax

    NFB generally has a great selection of Canadian film and animation, historical and present. This film about so called exciting new ways of public education is boring, obscure and self-important as the teachers and the schooling I myself had to go through in the 1960s and 1970s. Marshall McLuhan famous for the expression -the medium is the message- which later became the obnoxious expression -the medium is the massage- has a few interesting insights on how a child perceives the world. Here Marshall McLuhan along with the teachers are advocating that some pseudo advanced, and cheap technology put into school environments engage all the senses of the students, simulating the way a child enjoys play. I believe what children, and young people love to learn about is nature, and how to recreate the wonders of nature in human civilisation.

    Jaiwax, 16 Sep 2017