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The cut price Indian tablet known as Aakash is now being touted around US schools as the British company which made it looks to save a project beset by controversy and delays. The low cost tablet from Datawind, a UK-based firm founded in Montreal by Suneet and Raja Tuli, was originally intended for the Indian market as part of a …

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Anonymous Coward

Just like OLPC

Total waste of time. Give them pencils you. Idiots.

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Re: Just like OLPC

..... and access to a good library and GOOD TEACHERS.

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Anonymous Coward

Allows disadvantaged kids the same access to porn as those born advantaged. Now that is equality.

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Re: Give them pencils you Idiots.

No need. They can afford pencils.

I don't think that internet connectivity is the panacea of education anywhere in the world, and news of expensive IT projects in schools often leaves me wondering how much they spend on the library BUT...

Most children will grow up with at least one computer available to them at home. The youngster who I know, who has a free state-provided laptop, could no more dream of having a computer at home than I can of having a new BMW (even at European prices, let alone Indian). Apparently, she's a bit of a maths wizard; she will almost certainly go on to work in some computer-related area. Yes, I think it is an excellent thing that she has a free laptop.

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Re: Give them pencils you Idiots.

We had BBC micros in school and look at what we achieved.

Now with 64bit CPUs in schools the kids should be 8times smarter than we were

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Given the sad state of American education ...

they should have a good market.

Only trouble is the most deserving children come from families who can ill afford them. Hell, many families can't even afford a decent breakfast for their children which is why they have breakfast and lunch programs.

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US a good market for this

According to the University of Wisconsin:

National Poverty Rate for Children

Data released in September 2011 by the Census Bureau indicate that 16.4 million children in the United States, 22.0 percent of all children, lived in poverty in 2010. More than six million of these children were under six years old. Of the 16.4 million poor children, nearly half, 7.4 million, lived in extreme poverty, which is defined as an annual income of less than half the official poverty line (i.e., 8.362 € for a family of four) [1]. Poverty rates among children of color are much higher than among white children and have been so since the Census Bureau began making separate estimates by race (see figure).

This may have some potential in the States.

As far as India is concerned it may be that a few wheels need greasing,whether or not the equipment is up to the job is another matter.

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unusual preparartion

most appropriate as the country is becoming a 3rd world kleptocracy anyway.

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Corruption!

No idea why India is causing problems but my guess is somebody wasn't offered enough money. That's how the system works, I know, I worked there. The people are great, innovative and willing to learn. The problem, much like elsewhere in the world are the people in power who cry democracy but only when they benefit.

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