Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 13:33 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Linux "I'm an art professor, and last semester I embarked on an exciting new adventure by erasing Mac OS X from nearly all of the Macintoshes in our digital media lab and installing Ubuntu in its place. I began seriously planning this change last school year, when I realized how fully the current feature sets of free software programs could satisfy the technical needs of the students in my classes. I decided that the time had come to teach our undergraduate art students about free software programs such as the GIMP, Scribus, and Quanta Plus, instead of proprietary programs such as Photoshop, QuarkXpress, and Dreamweaver."
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Good education
by fizzled on Fri 24th Mar 2006 08:54 UTC
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By switching to Linux and Gimp, the students are learning something more useful and important than how to use Photoshop. They're learning how to embrace change. They're given a completely new set of tools and now need to make the situation good. This ability is far more important in life (in general and in the commercial sphere) than esoteric product/tool specific knowledge. The students' ability to learn new things and deal with new situations will give them the confidence to be open to innovation and to challenge themselves by learning new tools.

To be sure, it is important to train oneself in how to use specific tools, and it's also important to learn the underlying concepts of the work; however, focusing solely on these things and not developing the student as a person creates human resources (or, more appropriately, "dehumanized resources") rather than the educated (and, as such, liberated) persons that education ought to produce.

Edited 2006-03-24 08:56

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