10/22/2010 01:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What are our Excuses, Again, for not Putting Computers in the Hands of our Children? (VIDEO)

I’ve watched this TED talk by Sugata Mitra several times now. And every time I watch it, my brain keeps asking the same question:

In the world’s richest country - indeed, in all ‘Westernized’ societies - what are our (pitiful?) excuses, again, for not putting computers in the hands of our children every day at school and giving them greater agency over their own learning?

[I love the Indian child’s quote: ‘Apart from the fact that improper replication of the DNA molecule causes genetic disease, we've understood nothing else.’]