[geeks] $100 One Laptop Per Child - grist for the mill
Geoffrey S. Mendelson
gsm at mendelson.com
Sun Nov 19 00:00:57 CST 2006
On Sat, Nov 18, 2006 at 04:44:59PM -0800, William Kirkland wrote:
> no, you have missed my point, food, water, shelter and basic security
> (the security to know that food water shelter will be here tomorrow
> too) have a much higher priority, without which education will be
> Education *is* important, though there are basic needs which have
> priority, just so that the potential students will learn. Until those
> needs have been addressed, one may find a tree would make a better
You are making two assumptions that are incorrect IMHO:
1. There is no one that needs the education that is not already
secure and at the subsistance level or better unfed.
2. You need to use the $100 laptops to educate everyone in a village.
If you gave everyone who had security, shelter and food that needed
education a $100 laptop, you would need billions of them.
If you gave one person in each village a laptop, they could use the education
to help provide the basic needs of the village.
It's not all or nothing, there is lots of in betweens.
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