[Noisebridge-discuss] DARPA protest sign
jake at spaz.org
Mon May 21 07:30:16 UTC 2012
To: Dale Dougherty
We met at Maker Faire (years ago in Austin) and again today when I was carrying
a protest sign.
I understand it was not easy to talk about it in the moment but if you would
like to continue the conversation, I am available through email or we can talk
on the phone or in person if you would prefer.
I greatly appreciate your contributions to the maker movement, and i've been
attending maker faire for years. But I and many others feel that DARPA has no
place in the classroom.
I know the issue is more complicated than that, you pointed out that AutoDesk
gets a lot of "defense" money, but the fact is that the DARPA grant is public
knowledge. That means that people can't look the other way, and we have to
take a stand. If we don't, it counts as an endorsement of the military.
I seriously doubt you think that the military is a good career choice for the
kids who trust Make Magazine for their education. One look at the soldiers who
have already returned should be enough to know otherwise.
I agree that schools need access to the technology central to the maker
movement. They also need teachers, desks, books, and buildings. Unfortunately,
the federal budget seems to have nothing left for education after giving over
$600 BILLION to the military this year.
As I said, I am open to talking with you more about this. What I really hope
will happen is that you will decide that if DARPA wants to spend money in
classrooms, they should do it without the help of the trusted Make Magazine
brand. To do otherwise is to do a dis-service to the same children we all want
to help in any way we can.
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