"Linux - Stop holding our kids back"
rmdegennaro at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 20:23:23 GMT 2008
Catching up on a lot of "free reading"....
Greg, I love what you said. Its too true.
Algot, I haven't forgotten and I really want to start doing more work on
it. After the holidays and in the new year.
And this article from LWN.net was an interesting read (well I usually like
all the articles). Last paragraph touched on education sector.....
Best Holiday Wishes,
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Aaron Haviland <orion at parsed.net> wrote:
> Greg Rundlett wrote, on Dec 11, 2008 at 09:17 EST:
> > On Wednesday 10 December 2008 10:10:09 pm Aaron Haviland wrote:
> > > Mike Rushton wrote, on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:59 EST:
> > > > http://digg.com/linux_unix/Linux_Stop_holding_our_kids_back
> > > >
> > > > Please digg this to bring awareness to the complete and utter
> ignorance! You have
> > > > no idea how infuriated I am right now after reading this. Teachers
> like this need
> > > > to be dope slapped across the forehead like nobody's business, fired
> and put through
> > > > school all over again, starting with kindergarten to learn how to
> > >
> > > Dunno, I'm unfazed, unsurprised. This seems normal behaviour for many
> people. That's
> > > why we need to keep pushing, and educating them.
> > I feel that too many "advocates" in the comments of the article attack
> the teacher. As
> > free software advocates, I feel we will gain much more by careful
> explanation and
> > instruction -- making new friends. In other words, our job is to teach
> the teacher, not
> > to make her an adversary. That starts with an empathy for the values and
> beliefs of the
> > "student", and finishes when the student gains a new understanding of the
> values and
> > beliefs and knowledge of the free software community.
> > Put another way, She never considered herself an adversary to Free
> Software, but "we"
> > labeled her that. And by attacking her (even saying she should be fired,
> or tarred and
> > feathered etc.), "we" create an adversary. It would be better to allow
> her to
> > understand our perspective and our knowledge (starting by understanding
> hers - since
> > that allows us to precisely identify her misconceptions). Done this way,
> we create an
> > ally. I'm not willing to "convict" this woman as a bad teacher based on
> the single
> > incident which displays that she is not a technology-savvy person.
> Well said, Thank you.
> Aaron Haviland
> 34 Wayne Ave, Dudley, MA
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