Linked by David Adams on Thu 11th Dec 2008 00:14 UTC, submitted by jawbreaker
Humor A teacher in Austin, TX reprimanded a student for demonstrating Linux to his classmates and distributing free Linux CDs. She then goes on to contact Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project, who provided the CDs, and claim that "putting Linux on these machines is holding our kids back" and "No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful". Although she claims to have used Linux herself in college, she feels that "putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all". On the HeliOS blog, Ken Starks hints that this may be more than just ignorance of the teacher's part.
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RE: Not surprising
by kev009 on Thu 11th Dec 2008 03:24 UTC in reply to "Not surprising"
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...and learning about most of the shit that these goons (and publishers) throw at us will help us get jobs -- or more importantly make contributions to society and be productive?

Sorry, but "education" is broken. It is nothing more than glorified daycare that limits people like me that wish to pursue learning about things like Linux, software development, computer science, and the mathematics and writing skills that are relevant to these areas.

Sadly, there seems to be a large disconnect between the decision makers and politicians, educators, and most importantly students. After all, we are the reason for education, not to give some "teacher" a cushy job.

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RE[2]: Not surprising - manufacturing
by jabbotts on Thu 11th Dec 2008 13:51 in reply to "RE: Not surprising"
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School is a manufacturing process; raw students in one side, processed students out the other end of the factory after a few "grades" of assembly lines.

What you need to do is find out if there is a school in your area following a more self guided approach to learning. There is a great highschool in this area that uses a self directed life long learning approach. Some students fall out of school like anywhere else but the ones who are interested in learning are well supported towards that by the teachers. It's a fantastic preparation for university where the separation between self directed learning and "the traditional program" is slightly greater than levels before that.

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