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The Role of Free Software in Education

Sep 22, 2009, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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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 innovation.

"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 their future."

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