The Role of Free Software in Education
Sep 22, 2009, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walter Bender)
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"Such received knowledge can help to bolster the status quo, but
it will not protect us from kings and monopolists. And it will not
lead to economic growth that is a result of a culture of
"To be educated means more than just having accumulated facts
handed down from the teacher: Knowledge is a noun; learning is a
verb. To learn requires activity on the part of the learner.
Learning is doing; if we want more learning, we need more doing.
Further, it is our human nature to be social and to be expressive;
everyone is both a learner and a teacher. These are the foundations
upon which we must build our learning platforms. Freedom to express
is not optional.
"Learning has a bearing on all of the challenges our children
will inherit; learning is essential if they are to be a generation
of critical thinkers and problem-solvers, excelling in an
ever-changing world. Providing every child with the opportunity to
learn learning will allow them to develop independent means towards