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ZDNet UK: Schools Must be Open for Business

Nov 29, 2006, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man. It works for Jesuits--and for software companies. If you control the software in the education system, then generations of schoolkids will grow up knowing your products--an army of operators, specifiers and users programmed to your specification. And if that software is proprietary, that's as far as their knowledge and control will go.

"This may not be for the best. Yet Becta, the government agency that sets education IT policy, seems keen to encourage it--it works according to the framework principle, which in best civil service tradition sets out approved suppliers who are easy to buy from. Go outside, and you're on your own..."

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