What caught my eye was his comment:
"In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."That is very true.
This throws up some interesting questions:
- Can a child of an artisan learning ancestral art be considered child labor?
- If a child is learning science and maths in a school, or learns to write a software program, should it be considered child labor?
- Should the baby who acted in "Baby's Day Out" be considered child labor? In the same breath, should all child actors be considered child labor? What about child musicians and other prodigies?