קורסטיש כותב שהתפיסה שקוד פתוח שם את השליטה בטכנולוגיה בידי המשתמשים איננה אלא אידיאולוגיה ריקה מתוכן. הוא מצטט את מאקו היל, אחד מחסידי הקוד הפתוח, הטוען שמובן מאליו שהיכולת לערוך שינויים בקוד תשרת את מקבלי הניידים, ומגיב:
This kind of bright-eyed idealism is appealing, but alas, just not backed by fact. No, we don’t know that laptop recipients will benefit from fixing software on their laptops. Indeed, I bet they’d largely prefer the damn software works and doesn’t need fixing. While we think and even hope that constructionist principles, as embodied in the free software culture, are helpful to education, presenting the hopes as rooted in fact is simply deceitful.
And there sure as hell doesn’t exist a peer-reviewed study (or any other kind, to my knowledge) showing free software does any better than proprietary software when it comes to aiding learning, or that children prefer the openness, or that they care about software freedom one bit.
The point is that OLPC was supposed to be about learning, not free software.
that learning was never part of the mission. The mission was, in his mind, always getting as many laptops as possible out there; to say anything about learning would be presumptuous, and so he doesn’t want OLPC to have a software team, a hardware team, or a deployment team going forward.
There are three key problems in one-to-one computer programs: choosing a suitable device, getting it to children, and using it to create sustainable learning and teaching experiences.
As for the last key problem, transforming laptops into learning is a non-trivial leap of logic, and one that remains inadequately explained. No, we don’t know that it’ll work, especially not without teachers. And that’s okay – the way to find out whether it works might well be by trying. Sometimes you have to run before you can walk, yeah? But most of us who joined OLPC believed that the educational ideology behind the project is what actually set it apart from similar endeavors in the past. Learning which is open, collaborative, shared, and exploratory – we thought that’s what could make OLPC work.