China's Education Minister Yuan Guiren, has been speaking out about the threat of Western values and ideas on China’s college campuses. He said, “Young teachers and students are key targets of infiltration by enemy forces,” and added that “some countries,” fearful of China’s rise, “have stepped up infiltration in more discreet and diverse ways.” Can the government’s latest attempts to tighten controls over China’s intellectual discourse succeed? That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
Nicholas Negroponte, one of the world’s leading thinkers on education, technology, and innovation, provides context on what he’s learned through his work with the MIT Media Lab and One Laptop per Child, organizations that he respectively co-founded and founded. He talks about how we learn, what we learn, and where we learn it.