Did anyone else hear the story about the Ethiopian children who hacked the Motorola Tablets? This sounds like it would be the beginning of a terrible joke, but it’s not. A quick summary; There is a movement called “One Laptop per Child” that left a cardboard box full of unopened Motorola tablets in an isolated Ethiopian village, and within 5 moths children of the village had not only integrated the tablets into their everyday lives, but some of them were also able to hack the Android operating system of the tablets themselves. Pretty cool! I was first introduced to this story through another blog post that connected it to the idea that teachers don’t need to be in classrooms in order for students to receive the best education possible. Adults should just disappear? What a stretch. Or at least i hope thats a stretch. The author of the second blog post didn’t agree with this point and thankfully seemed to believe that teachers still have a role in the classroom. but the argument does open the doors to some thoughts on students freedom in the classroom. How much should the teacher really do? What is their role? At the beginning of my Sophomore year of college, i had the idea that the being a teacher meant being a gatekeeper to an exclusionary type of knowledge. Unfortunately, i think that many people see teachers as a this or as some variation of it. The problem with this idea is that it does create the notion that the knowledge that teachers hold is somehow exclusionary. A teacher as a gatekeeper believes that the students have nothing to offer in return, and that without the key (which the teacher holds) the students are hopeless and damned. But apparently they’re still able to hack Motorola tablets. This story of the Ethiopian villagers is not proof that teachers are over staying their welcomes in classrooms, but it is a nice story that shows how creative and intelligent children are.