Just who is the new executive director of OLPC America? That is the question I ask myself as I look for references to "Mike Ford" + OLPC.
The Birmingham News says that Nicholas Negroponte appointed Mike Ford to lead One Laptop Per Child's foray into USA distribution of XO laptops to school systems (no individual sales, contrary to reports). And the US News elaborates on OLPC America's priorities:
But only those states showing the most need will have first dibs on the $200 computers. "We want to be efficient and fair," says Mike Ford, executive director of the new One Laptop Per Child branch in Washington, D.C.The only other reference to Mike Ford and OLPC is this participant list from a La Organizaci├│n Juventud Ecuatoriana learning workshop, which lists Mike as from Pittsburgh, not DC.
No matter which "Mike Ford" we're dealing with, I can't wait to see how he interacts with domestic school districts if he starts his tenure with money quotes like this:
"Birmingham is immensely important because you look at all the problems in the country and they all start in the Deep South," Ford said. "We're going to turn it around."That ought to go over well with school superintendents south of the Mason-Dixon line.