[iDC] One Laptop Per Child - MIT/Negroponte Initiative
voyd at voyd.com
Sat Jan 5 12:19:59 UTC 2008
> Why is what to do with the computers/how to use them/how to incorporate
> into the curriculum/etc up to us (and by "us," I am referring to the West,
> intellectuals, Negroponte, etc) and not the governments and cultures that
> purchased the computers?
(Sits back in chair, pondering)
Good one. That question has a lot of variables I am not entirely sure of.
I would hope that this project that was not one that was sold in the spirit
of 1st World technophilia (you have to know how to run a computer or you'll
never have a job).
Honestly, Alexis, I don't know. I would like to hope that the governments
involved would have a lot of foresight and technological vision, but Africa
can be a hungry place with knowledge gaps and power problems. The United
States has these problems with computers in education. On the other hand, I
would hope that OLPC has no "pith helmet philanthropy" to it.
On the pther hand, I often feel that Africa is just such a different place,
and in many ways, so many of the cultures there are socially far more
different than the Eurocentric models - I'd almost like to say advanced...
I'd love to see kids learning a lot with the OLPC, but I'm just slightly
critical to hope that Negroponte isn't creating landfill.
I guess it's just the idea about being culturally sensitive about
administration of educational aid. I had a spirited conversation with a
colleague at the Clinton Foundation about this.
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