Did you catch me last Sunday night on 60 Minutes? CBS News had a re-mix of the original 60 Minutes episode on One Laptop Per Child.
In my one minute of fame, I took Nicholas Negroponte to task for his disregard of teachers in OLPC implementation:
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? 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 or informal to help them along that learning path?Now, no matter if you believe that OLPC is a cost-effective violin or not, I have a two uplifting videos we can all gather around and cheer. Amazing music videos of OLPC musician from Ban Samkha village in northern Thailand:Better yet, here is a whole XO Band playing traditional Thai music with the XO computer:Now exactly who thinks that either of these accomplishments came from a random TamTam activity without a music teacher to guide the children in learning musical scales, melody, tone, and temper?