"Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.
It works for Jesuits--and for software companies. If you control
the software in the education system, then generations of
schoolkids will grow up knowing your products--an army of
operators, specifiers and users programmed to your specification.
And if that software is proprietary, that's as far as their
knowledge and control will go.
"This may not be for the best. Yet Becta, the government agency
that sets education IT policy, seems keen to encourage it--it works
according to the framework principle, which in best civil service
tradition sets out approved suppliers who are easy to buy from. Go
outside, and you're on your own..."