As a coder, artist and a cook... all requiring tremendous time and effort to create especially from scratch. The appreciation comes soo little. it's presented then "devoured" in seconds....
In this throw away society, its soo very sad we cannot bring even little appreciation to efforts put forth by these talent creators but instead we worship the .99 store and walmarts of the world.
I'm involved in United Way's Big Brothers program and have 3 kids from the ages of 5-9 when they started. Now the youngest is 19.
When the youngest was 12 he so wanted a Dream Catcher. but instead of buying it I decided to goto the craft store and buy all the parts we needed. Well.. long story short.. it came out costing 5x but look what I've done... I've taught not necessary to always buy ready made. Efforts ARE appreciated and don't always look at the easy way out. btw.. it was the saddest looking Dream Catcher ever..my Dream Catcher included but I was soo very proud of him for starting it even though he KNEW it wasn't going to turn out too well and very proud of the fact he FINISHED what he started. Now it one of his most prized possession as a grown person.
We are NOT doing that with these kids with OLPC. When ready made browser and office apps and games and even the OS.
Another quick story.. ever try teaching a kid howto create a video game by drawing a square on the screen when they can buy something for $20 and see dazzling colors and neat 3D graphics in an instant.
Whatever happen to creating things from scratch... :(
btw .. I hand make all of my birthday and holiday cards and paint/draw or create gifts. I only by maybe 20% of my gifts. I recommend this route.
Makes them feel guilty if they throw away your hand made gifts ;-)
PS> Better idea for a OLPC concept.. have them build it from scratch then code the OS and the apps.
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