India rejects One Laptop Per Child (Register)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 21:17 UTC (Wed) by horen
Parent article: India rejects One Laptop Per Child (Register)
"We cannot visualise a situation for decades when we can go beyond the pilot stage. We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools."
Nonsensical. These are hardly "fancy tools"; certainly not in any financial sense of the word, neither in the Apple eye-candy-laptop sense. And why is there, of necessity, a conflict between OLPC and "classrooms and teachers"? I would expect these ruggedized units to have a hardware and software lifespan which would certainly cover the needs of elementary- and middle-school students.
And from where does this guy think the teachers are going to come? Perhaps he envisions 20-something CS grads and/or software developers from Bangalore or Mumbai just chucking it all, giving away their newly-acquired prosperity in a Mother Theresa-like gesture, and moving out to those backwater villages. OTOH, there might be a new generation of American 1960s types who want to do a work-study program at some ashram.
I dunno... and John "Maddog" Hall's mumbling comment about recycling used computer equipment would be my (an 18-year Unix sysadmin) worst nightmare! Just imagine having to install, configure, network, and generally administer a hodge-podge collection of old castoff hardware.
Does Banerjee -- a career political administrator -- honestly believe that the OLPC's IT professionals like Nicholas Negroponte, et al, haven't done their homework, and have it all wrong? I'm thinking "Not!"
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