New bible reading activity

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 12:37:13 EDT 2008


I think that judgement is a bit harsh, in this circumstance.  I don't
think anyone is suggesting that this replace "Read" and get shipped to
every child who gets an XO.  While OLPC as a mission attempts to be
culturally neutral, we certainly don't aim to homogenize the coming
generation of kids around the world; in fact, the reason we attempt to
remain neutral is quite the opposite, with the hope that children,
teachers, and developers alike will personalize their XOs in any way
they can.  While we shouldn't be pushing particular agendas,
religions, or other ideals, we don't want to discourage development of
activities and content which are appropriate, perhaps, only for
specific subsets of the OLPC community.  In my mind, claiming
disassociation with such efforts ironically imparts the notion that we
are discouraging any such personalized development, which is the
opposite of our intent.

In other words, I think that in terms of third party content and
activities, we want to be "culturally neutral" by supporting all
types, cultures, religions, and ideals, rather than by ignoring all of
them.

- Eben

2008/3/15 Jean Piche <jean at piche.com>:
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> I wish to state my profound disagreement with the inclusion of this activity
> on the XO. It goes counter to the essential cultural neutrality of OLPC. If
> countries wish to put this activity on the XO, so be it, but IMO, OLPC
> should not in any way be associated with this endeavour.
>
> jp
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> On 15-Mar-08, at 1:16 AM, Daryl Daly wrote:
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> Hi,
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> This is a very simple reader for bible and other text modules made for the
> Sword project at www.crosswire.org It is version 1 quality and is my first
> Sugar project. I welcome any comments and suggestions. There are many things
> that need to be added to it for it to become very useful.
>
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Sword_read
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> Thanks,
> Daryl.
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