Please read @librarybazaar’s well-spoken take on the pitfalls of mixing high-schools and DARPA research. Much more to add to this discussion, but he discovers one incongruity that sticks-out like a sore thumb: Make editor-in-chief and BoingBoing founder Mark Frauenfelder was totally anti-DARPA, until he was in favor of it.:
What I do know is that a few years ago the current editor-in-chief of Make Magazine stated that an appropriate logo for one DARPA project would be a boot stomping on a human face. Now he thinks they are awesome. The reason? Until we engage in an open discussion, we really can’t know.
Presumably, now that DARPA puts a tiny bit of money in education, the boot-stomping part can be overlooked?