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January 10, 2007


Fred Bartels


There is already a long history regarding 1-1 efforts in the US. It has never really been about the money, although critics always bring up the cost. What I found very revealing was that when Massacusetts seriously considered participating in the OLPC project the criticism morphed away from costs into other areas. There is deeply entrenched skepticism within many people about enabling kids with laptops. That is the real barrier. Not cost. When a lot of moms and dads start saying to their school boards and congressional reps "I want that for my child!" it will happen very quickly.

(BTW, I believe any state that wanted to opt in for a million laptops could do so... the issue at this point is volume, distribution and support, not some deep philosophical opposition to getting the laptops out to US kids)

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