Posted Jul 26, 2006 21:33 UTC (Wed) by felixfix
Parent article: India rejects One Laptop Per Child (Register)
I had thought one of the main drivers economically for these was that storing ebooks on them instead of buying physical textbooks would save money in buying them, save hassle and money distributing them, and allow updates more often. These factors alone paid for the laptops, and having up to date texts for everyone, in their native language, rather than 30 year old foreign castoffs for a few, was all the moral justification you needed. I would even think that refusing to buy these would be almost criminal under certain circumstances. and if India is worried about being able to afford teachers, the economics would help.
There's also the idea that students can take their textbooks home with them, rather than having to lug around ten pounds of real books.
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