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A little know but very powerful tool for homeschooling: Free Software

Dec 29, 2009, 19:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to Marco Fioretti for this link. ]

"Free Software is widely used in education due to its lower cost and huge flexibility. Homeschooling is relatively popular in the USA and other countries. One would expect Free Software to be very popular among homeschoolers, due to their own philosophy: how could an homeschooling advocate not love software that is all about being "free as in freedom" and doing things by yourself?

"Reality, however is quite different: compared to Windows and Mac, Free Software is still almost unknown in the homeschooling community. One year ago I even contacted directly several homeschooling magazines and websites to ask why (at that time) they had not yet recommended Free Software to their readers, and I'm still waiting for (any) answer...

"Very likely, the only reason why this happens is simple fear of the unknown: why add to all the work required by homeschooling the extra effort of learning something that must surely be boring and very difficult? While discussing homeschooling per se is beyond the purpose of this article, the rest of this page proves that this assumption is wrong!"

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