polyachka: So what are your future plans with DC OLPC club ?
curiouslee: We would like to do a deployment in the DC area.
polyachka: that would be good
curiouslee: But hope for that has dimmed a bit because of the change in DC govt.
curiouslee: Also, XOs are relatively hard to get and there are still many barriers with Sugar.
polyachka: barriers like what?
curiouslee: The Sugar brand and information materials need an overhaul.
curiouslee: Running Sugar outside of the XO (which itself is hard to get in smaller quantities) is difficult.
polyachka: so what do you think is in future for both OLPC and Sugar?
polyachka: should they both re-think their strategies and become for-profit?
polyachka: offering services to the developed countries?
curiouslee: They would need more capital to restructure and then ramp up as for-profit. I can’t imagine how that would happen.
polyachka: but if they pursue the idea of constructivism, then it could revamp educational system worldwide
curiouslee: Constructivism is one approach of many. It’s not popular everywhere.
polyachka: why not popular?
curiouslee: Constructionism is not known everywhere not because it is not good. There are many other schools of thought.
curiouslee: Every country has entrenched beliefs.
polyachka: I thought that constructivism is not popular as not many believe that children can progress without much supervision
curiouslee: That’s exactly right. A lot of places approach education through rote learning and total control of the children.
polyachka: too bad, i still hope that right amount of education blended with technology can save the world
curiouslee: I hope for the same thing!
polyachka: why were you in Boston the other week?
curiouslee: I wanted to visit the Computer Clubhouse an attend the volunteer meeting at OLPC.
polyachka: thank you for coming
polyachka: we all admire your DC club and Adam secretly wishes there was a person like you in Boston to have a big OLPC following in Boston
curiouslee: If I lived in Boston, there would definitely be a big group!
curiouslee: Believe me, there have been months where I didn’t want to organize.
polyachka: but you still did and that counts!
polyachka: Thank you so much for answering all my questions!
curiouslee: Ok thanks!