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LinuxWorld: Linux education: A lesson to be learned

Nov 30, 2000, 19:49 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"It's over now. The first adult continuing education course in Linux, part of a series of courses offered by a partnership between the CTTC (Community Technology & Training Center) and CATF (the Capital Area Training Foundation) in Austin, Texas, has been completed."

"The class met twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Travis High School. It was taught by a group of volunteers recruited from the Austin LUG and, by all accounts, it was a huge success. But the road to the finish wasn't all that smooth. There were a few bumps along the way and lessons for everyone...."

"The curriculum was ambitious. It also provided the major bone of contention that arose among the LUG volunteers during the class. Should a CLI environment, including some shell programming, be included, or should the whole class be taught from within the training-wheel-like security of a (almost) familiar GUI? There was no bloodshed, but there was considerable heat in the debates over that issue. Some felt it would be too difficult and drive the students away. Others felt that teaching Linux without an introduction to its CLI would be like teaching history without covering anything prior to 1999."

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