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[2]: hahah - there is some truth
by jabbotts on Thu 11th Dec 2008 12:43 UTC in reply to "RE: hahah"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

FOSS comes at no financial cost but there is a cost in time that varies depending on what distribution you choose and the depth to which you decide to learn the distribution.

This educator, though, reminds me of a few teachers back in the day that truly believed students where stupid and the teacher always knew more (we watched that teacher reinstall DOS regularly rather than make the small config.sys adjustment we suggested).

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searly Member since:
2006-02-27

Cost in Time ??? Come on ... there is always time involved when working / administering computers ... yes with Windows too!

Anyway if there is one thing students / pupils have got, then it is time.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Absolutely, I don't think that is a negative attribute at all as any new knowledge costs time if not time and money. I only mention that the cost is time volunteered for learning the technology or unlearning the Windows way of doing everything.

It also shouldn't be seen as defending this de-educator as I hope the meeting with Helios, superior and subordinate goes very embarrassingly for that third listed attendee. There is nothing more dangerous in education than a close mind in a position of authority.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

FOSS comes at no financial cost but there is a cost in time that varies depending on what distribution you choose and the depth to which you decide to learn the distribution.


I'm pretty sure that's not what she meant.

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