Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves

What’s this? You mean human beings can learn without a teacher? Does this mean we don’t need an army of new teachers as Obama wants? Does this mean we might save money rather than hire a bunch of education school doofuses who are then on the government payroll for life?

From Technology Review:

A bold experiment by the One Laptop Per Child organization has shown “encouraging” results.

With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs.

Early observations are encouraging, said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC’s founder, at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference last week.

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