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

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Thu Oct 30 01:41:27 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:
> 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. 

Maybe you're referring specifically to the content, but to be *perfectly 
clear*, I wasn't criticizing Cybe personally. I stated in a private 
response to Wade that this was my own rant of sorts simply because I 
hear it so often.

I have nothing against Cybe and hope he didn't take offense at it, 
because I definitely didn't intend it that way.

>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.  

Normally, unless this is different in this case, the school board 
doesn't decide that. It's an administrative decision.

More often than that it's a decision born from the users complaining to 
administration that they need the latest version until the IT department 
ends up being ordered to have it installed.

>> This thread really needs to die, now, 
> too late...


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