Courtesy of blog reader JM, we hear that Anna Platypus, Daniel Striped Tiger, and Prince Tuesday are debating whether they want to learn via a fabulous new educational technology, The Learning Machine, or whether they want to have teachers and field trips. “Lady Elaine was telling people that all they needed to learn anything” is the Learning Machine! Henrietta Pussycat is hoping for “Meow Meow Meow Field Trip Meow?” Scroll up to about 15:15 to the Neighborhood of Make Believe to see what they decide:
They must attend some kind of Quaker school or a Montessori, because the students are permitted such a large role in pedagogical decisions. (Then again, it is the Neighborhood School of Make Believe!) As that old enemy of progress Fred Rogers would have it, “You know, human beings learn best and most from other human beings. That’s all part of being human.”
As Lady Aberlaine sings, “Who would want a machine instead of a field trip?” It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive, it’s such a hap-py feeling, you’re growing inside. . .