Monday, July 12, 2010
Around the world, governments have begun to supply school children with notebook computers. The United Nations endorses a plan known as "One Laptop per Child" to supply $150 notebook computers to developing countries -- some of which already pledged to purchase millions of the devices for their school children. The device, which recharges with a hand crank, includes Wi-Fi networking and a simple, intuitive user interface. Supporters of these plans maintain that computer literacy and electronic communication are vital skills in todays world. Those who oppose this plan claim that technology detracts from traditional educational subjects. Should schools supply computers to all students? Why or Why not? Should the One Laptop per child program be limited to only those children in developing countries? Why or Why not?