[IAEP] [realness] a school is not a building

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 18:47:24 EST 2010

What he said. I hate false dichotomies. They abound in discussions of
education and in the politics of education, indeed in any situation
where the more extreme the position, the more likely it is to be

On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 18:04, Ian Thomson <IanT at spc.int> wrote:
> Personally, I think the whole approach is wrong. You will never convince
> Ministries of Education to stop their "core" activities just because
> there are laptops.
> The better approach is to show how laptops can enhance education in
> schools.
> This should not be an "either/or" approach. We can do both.
> As a simple example, children can leave the school earlier after
> suitable teaching and complete work on the laptops at home or other
> locations. This will free up the school to take a second shift of
> students.
> Teachers can restructure their teaching to have groups working together
> to learn, so freeing them up to take more students.
> Ian Thomson
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> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:iaep-bounces at lists.sugarlabs.org] On Behalf Of Bernie Innocenti
> Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 8:36 AM
> To: Timothy Falconer
> Cc: olpc-haiti at lists.laptop.org; grassroots OLPC;
> olpc-open at lists.laptop.org; Squeakland List; Maho 2010; IAEP;
> ht2011-winter at waveplace.org
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] [realness] a school is not a building
> On Sun, 2010-12-05 at 15:18 -0500, Timothy Falconer wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> A favor:  help me make this case (or refute it) as we prepare once
>> more for Haiti ... "spend money on training & laptops instead bricks
>> and mortar".
>> http://waveplace.com/news/blog/archive/001035.jsp
> It's a beautiful thought that touches deep into my hacker spirit, but
> the conclusion seems weak: what is it that we are advocating for? Remote
> learning? Home-schooling? Having classes under a tree? It's unclear.
> The point that you were making with the military canteen vs cooking at
> home metaphor is that compulsory education doesn't follow individual
> inclinations. Then, the conclusion should state the proposed solution
> for this problem.
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Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.

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