Hole In Wall Computer Shows Value Of OLPC Ideas
I know that there are many who believe that the OLPC project is the wrong way to go. In part, I think, it is because we are already adults, with our own ideas of the way things work. Lingamish, who serves as a missionary in Africa, believes that giving the XO laptops to children without first giving them to their parents will be a mistake. Jim Robertson is also critical of OLPC, for a different reason: Negroponte spent all his time talking to national leaders, instead of to education ministries. When leaders changed, all his work was lost. That was a huge error in judgment.
Correction: 2008-01-29: Lingamish is spelled without a ‘u’.
Now we see that the concept behind the OLPC's XO-1 laptop, that the best way to teach the young is to let their own curiosity drive the pace and content, is going to be preferable to the boring "follow the recipe" method used by some curricula.
So now that we know that this does have a chance of working, we can now focus our energies on ways to do an even better job of harnessing children's natural inquisitiveness to educate them.