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Re: [school-discuss] Answering Rasjid
On Sat, 6 Dec 2003 01:05, Víctor Nuño wrote:
> I'm afraid that this situation is similar, here, where I live, in Spain.
> There's a big Open Source movement right now, in schools. But I've
> recently read that because of some kind of power or political struggle,
> these linux distributions (based on Debian) come with almost no
> programs, so finally both teachers and pupils try to get to a Windows
It is the same in the corporate world. I work for a large superannuation
company that is committed to spending 7 figures on a change control system
which amounts to little more than a bad gui frontend on a proprietary CVS
equivalent. The word 'insanity' springs to mind, but there is nothing I can
do about it. Technical direction is decided by upper management, most of whom
probably use their computers to play solitaire.
The battle in the schools, however, is so much more important. Giving the kids
a broad exposure to technology, including windows *and* linux, gives them
more problem solving tools and ultimately this means the kids grow up to be
better decision makers (about technology anyway :). Choose the most
appropriate tool for the job is the message of the day.