I am confident that the One Laptop Per Child will have the effect which is the educational equivalent of the nutritional disaster that imported formula has had on the poor parts of the world.
Is this a broad generalization, or is this post by Atanu Dey actually on point?
The famous OLPC irks me because of the arbitrary definition of “poor parts of the world”, and it has a big shadow reminiscent of “white man’s burden” all over it.
At the same time, I see how communication and free access to networks can create more open, egalitarian discussion, and that in turn might be good.
But I am reading a lot on the OLPC because I am interested in getting those little shiny laptops here in NC:
- Huge income diaprity between classes? Check.
- Limited access to education? Check.
- Low life expectancy? Check.
- Human rights abuses? Check.
- economy in turmoil? Check
I think that the USA qualifies as well as any other country.