[Noisebridge-discuss] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Wed Apr 4 21:47:01 UTC 2012

Milo, my three year old, and I, watched a special about the DARPA grand
challenge.  Apart from the buzz word "DARPA", there was not a single mote
of military propaganda about it.  There was simple idle mention of
military, but that was it.

What did my 3 year old get from the video, "TERRAMAX!" the name of one of
the robots.  He also has an understanding of the pain and work and
excitement and the energy and the fun that people experience when working
on hard projects...

...and in a world where shit is bought at the store, I think that knowledge
is critical for our kids.

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM, Lee Sonko <lee at lee.org> wrote:

> The age and maturity level of the students being presented with the DARPA
> message is important to me. Is it alright to have, for instance, army
> recruiters at colleges? How about high schools? How about elementary
> schools?
> At what age is a person mature enough
> * to go to war (rhetorically the answer is "never" but let's go beyond
> that)
> * play war games (cowboys and indians, Americas Army First Person Shooter)
> * make war machines (case in point)
> The Army currently recruits in high schools (except for San Francisco<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Board_of_Education#JROTC>,
> if I recall correctly). But certainly not in elementary schools.
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