India rejects One Laptop Per Child (Register)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 21:32 UTC (Wed) by horen
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"I went through high school taking physics, chemistry, calculus, etc. without ever needing to use a computer even once."
The OLPC project is geared for kids who (a) are at basic levels of learning; i.e., the Three R's; and (b) don't have access to school and/or public libraries, like we did... or PBS broadcasts of "Sesame Street" on the TV at home.
And yes, armed with a 1950s/60s public-school education, I, too, took (and passed) those same classes, using paper, pencil, and slide-rule. I think the point of OLPC, and perhaps its most important element, is "leveling the playing field." Rural India, and the rest of the 3rd/4th-world countries, are still playing "catch-up". I believe that OLPC will help them do so, all the more quickly.
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