[Air-l] Fwd: [school-discuss] Self Organising Systems for mass education

radhika gajjala radhika at cyberdiva.org
Sun Sep 10 14:14:08 PDT 2006

thanks Jeremy - I was on a unesco open-source something or other list 
for a while last year and then went away from my computer(s) to 
spaces where they claim there is a need for salvation throuhg 
computer literacy  - will probably get back on and see what I missed.


>On Sep 10, 2006, at 9:45 AM, radhika gajjala wrote:
>>  Such projects are always written up with a great deal of celebration.
>Yes, i remain skeptical.
>>  I have seen other reports of the hole in the wall project - and
>>  needless to say it looks interesting and wonderful when taken fully
>>  out of context.
>>  Of course the utility of computer literacy for a particular kind of
>>  global world (with it colonizing undertones) is
>>  unquestionable.Somewhat like "learning English" was in previous
>>  decades (still is) in the so-called "developing world"....
>yes, i wonder about 'whose computer literacy' we are talking about.  
>given the way people related to OLPC suggested that the simputer for 
>textually illiterate users was a bad approach.  human capacities 
>don't always need to map into western ideations.
>>  but is just "computer access" the goal?
>>  what does it mean to be computer literate in specific contexts?
>or computer literate at all, or informationally literate.   we have 
>quite a few people here with clear, and well written opinions on that.
>There was actually a pretty good prior post critiquing OLPC prior to 
>this posting on the school-discuss list.   I'm wondering if we aren't 
>seeing, much like happened here in our last set of discussions, that 
>the evidence from the hole in the wall project is being used more as 
>a trope than as evidence in the battle for funding/etc.
>However, right now it is being discussed in the e-learning forum of
>unesco again http://www.unesco.org/iiep/virtualuniversity/forums.php  
>has links ...
>jeremy hunsinger
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