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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

This post I’m going to quote from and redirect you to is why I’m all for Linux in schools or at least opensource software in schools.

In Austin Texas a teacher apparently found it nesseceray to reprimand a student for giving a demonstration in and handing out HeliOS cd’s.

Here is the original e-mail send to Ken Stark of HeliOS:

“…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…”

For his response follow this link

Maybe teachers should concentrate on the stuff the where thought to do.  Microsoft does not need the support of teachers to sell there over priced OS to children.  I agree with Ken children would learn much more using Linux and Opensource software. But are held back because they do not have a PC at home because parents can’t afford the overpriced computer it takes to run Vista.

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