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Deworming & Teachers Better than Computers for Education


Mike McGregor, Wikimedia

One Laptop Per Child

The “One Laptop Per Child” scheme — which appears to have stalled lately — was based on the idea that providing children in poor countries with cheap ($100) computers would improve their educational prospects.

It was about bridging the digital divide.

But here’s an interesting, if a bit longish, article that contends the real problem for child education in poor communities is not lack of access to technology.

The author, Philanthropy Action editor Timothy Ogden, cites a host of studies showing that health improvements such as ridding children of debilitating, parasitic worms or programs that simply provide more teachers are much more likely to produce scholastic achievement than giving kids laptops.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.