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Linux.com: Learning and Linux: Part Two

Feb 23, 2000, 20:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"My last article, Learning and Linux, was instructive. It is heartening to know that I am not the only one frustrated with traditional academics. This week, I would like to explore some alternative methods that are beginning to become possible through open source and the Internet."

"The goal of most facets of education is seemingly to teach the greatest number of people in the shortest time possible. Traditionally, it has not been much more than an assembly line with rows of students staring at the front of the classroom with blank, confused looks on their faces. This has been a reasonably effective, cheap way to teach. It doesn't cost much to hire a teacher, build a small classroom, and to throw a chalkboard up front."

"However, there comes a time when it is necessary to throw out some old assumptions about how things are supposed to be. Linux has shown that it isn't necessary for programmers to physically be in the same location or even in the same time zone. This has the unique effect of allowing development to continue unabated 24 hours a day. There is no reason why certain classes couldn't do the same thing."

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