[OT] documents for the general public need to be generally readable

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Wed Oct 29 20:47:34 UTC 2008

Bart Silverstrim wrote:

> Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>> Wade Smart <wade at wadesmart.com>  said:
>>> They now claim as I didn't sign it my son cant go on
>>> such and such field trip (which is a required part of his grade). Our
>>> lawyer is now involved as they failed him on that.
>> More of that (involvement of lawyers) needs to happen.  Our public
>> schools (in the US) claim to offer each child a free education, then
>> restrict how they may achieve that education,.  They need to be taken
>> to task about it and /forced/ into open standard applications.
> Out of curiosity how much experience do you have behind the curtain of
> the grand theater called public education?

You know, I agree with almost everything you said - except criticizing
Cybe's response.  This particular issue hasn't come about because of a
teacher, or teachers, it came about because a school board installed the
latest and greatest version of MS Word on the school's computers, and a
teacher was just too frustrated to deal with it well.  I'm not quite going
to call for the involvement of lawyers, but certainly pressure needs to be
applied _to school boards_, not teachers, to use only open standards.

> This thread really needs to die, now, 

too late...


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