[Squeakland] Am I the only one left ....
jaford at watford53.freeserve.co.uk
Sat Dec 1 07:30:57 PST 2007
.... from the U.K. on this list?
It's depressing to see all the interest and contributions from all over
the world - except the U.K.. I guess that because the transition from
the 19th to the 20th Century was so painful for us, having made it,
we're reluctant to repeat the experience for the transition from the
20th to the 21st!
It's particularly depressing that in spite of our Colonial history, the
U.K. doesn't appear to be getting involved in the One Laptop per Child
initiative. The school where I work as a Science Technician has a link
to a school in South Africa. We are an independent (private/non-state)
school with the students coming from well-off families, and I should
imagine that a fund raising scheme to provide our link school with some
laptops would be feasible. Unfortunately a major hurdle would be that
the decision makers would be quite baffled by the XO laptop - 'How can
it possibly be a computer if it doesn't run a version of Windows and MS
Office?' - and I include the IT department in this attitude! I've spoken
to the member of staff responsible for liason with the link school about
the XO laptop, and whilst there was mild curiosity, they haven't
reported back and don't appear to be following it up.
Give me cause for some optimism someone - please!
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