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I was never the handiest kid in the world, but I remember in those days of being forced to take shop class a particular assignment where we all had to make M&M dispensers out of a few chunks of wood and discarded jars of jam. I can still sense the supreme satisfaction—when all was said and done (and lathed)—of using my fingers to pull out, from the delicate wooden cylindrical slider piece that lay underneath the jar, one bright, little M&M ready for my nourishment. (All, no doubt, funded by a generous public school system grant from Mars Corp. to make sure that if we weren't already hooked on M&Ms, they had one more chance to get us.)
Well, the times they are a-changing when it comes to school projects—and for those who want to "generously" fund "a (insert product name here) for every student."
Makerbot founder and CEO Bre Pettis, a former schoolteacher himself, has become the latest "big-hearted" member of digital economy with a big dream about what every student in America needs: his product, of course! Whether it's Apple and its iPad; Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg "taking over" the Newark, N.J., school system by force of generosity; or Google Glass Class—the yet to be invented product that allows you to attend school in the corner of your eye while sitting in one of Google's self-driving cars—there's no shortage of Silicon Valley product placement. Makerbot has even figured out a way to work crowdfunding into the dimensions of this new effort, teaming with DonorsChoose.org to allow individuals and corporations to fund the purchases of 3-D printers for schools.
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Charles Best, founder of CEO of DonorsChoose, said, "The impulse to construct is deeper than a teaching strategy. It's a human need." You just have to love how selfless and in touch with the human spirit and drive these tech guys are. Indeed, one could even say the need to construct a market for your still fledgling, much-hyped product is as great a demonstration of human need as any.
A 3-D printer in every classroom in America. Why just imagine the possibilities. For one, the NRA would no longer need to recommend armed guards and armed teachers in all of America's schools, because our kids could just print the guns on their own when the teacher isn't looking. Substitute teachers would be able to get in on the action, too, when they reach the point of such utter frustration and humiliation at the hands of borderline-evil teens. Smoking in the boys room? Print an ashtray, you slob!
I'd say at this point the only thing "safe" to say about this brilliant idea to rescue education is that whatever the 3-D printer spits out, it at least isn't likely to be any worse than school cafeteria rectangular blocks of pizza.
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