The 60 Minutes piece on OLPC last night was actually pretty good although I found one big point of disagreement with Negroponte.
“You’re saying give them a laptop even if they don’t go to school?” Stahl asks.
“Especially if they don’t go to school. If they don’t go to school, this is school in a box.”
The little green machine certainly could provide some powerful communication and learning tools for kids. But the only way this project (or any one-to-one project) is going to reach it’s potential is with adult guidance.
There is no such thing as a box that can teach.
“If you hand a child a violin or a piano they can make noise with it, right? But will they be able to make music?” Vota says. “And if you give a child a computer they’ll be able to operate the computer, but will they really be able to learn without having a teacher, whether it’s formal, informal, to help them along that learning path?”