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If Open Source Doesn't Succeed, Don't Blame the Teachers

Jan 28, 2009, 14:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

[ Thanks to sakshi garg for this link. ]

"Perhaps Hartley needs to get to the root of the issue here, instead of lopping off the first head he sees. In general, IT and hardware decisions are made at the district level and, in some cases, higher. The poor soul in the high school server room has no more input about the platforms being used than my great-aunt Fanny. The teachers? Even less. It's the suit-wearing administrators sitting in air-conditioned offices who drop in for a meeting between rounds of golf that make the decisions that are foisted on local schools.

"When school administrators are handed incentive-laden hardware and software proposals from slick marketing folks promising to put a laptop in the hands of every student, it's not surprising that Microsoft and Apple win the race almost every time. So, before anyone blames IT admins or teachers for a lack of experience or willingness to use open source solutions, it's important to make sure accusations are flung in the right direction."

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