Cathie LeBlanc Notes

Coming Home: Returning to a Pedagogy of Small – Here to there

What happens when software engineers begin to believe that they can solve complex social problems in which they have neither background nor context? What happens to us, to our world, when we start to believe that they can too?  Three years after Watters’ prediction, five finalists were announced: Three from the United States, one from the United Kingdom and one from India; they are currently field testing on thousands of Tanzanian children in isolated villages. Watters was right; with the support of the United Nations and the government of Tanzania, the “solution” to illiteracy will be imposed from elsewhere via software loaded onto tablets (XPRIZE Foundation, 2018b). This contest prioritizes a top-down approach to knowledge and knowledge production. Moreover, it normalizes a deficit discourse in which these children and their communities do not possess the abilities to solve their own problems (Kayumova, McGuire & Cardello, 2018).

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