The Failure of One Laptop Per Child

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Apr 12, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The word 'failure' must definitely be taken in context here, despite the breathless reports circulating through the media. The story is that "One Laptop Per Child doesn't increase test scores," and sites like Mashable and (naturally) the Economist can't wait to trumpet the failure. But as Audrey Watters notes, OLPC never set out to increase test scores (and that would have been a ridiculous ambition). "The best preparation for children," according to the OLPC website isn't test prep. It is "to develop the passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn."
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