IT Manager's Journal: How to Advocate for FOSS in Schools
Nov 01, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As in business, free and open source software (FOSS) is
spreading rapidly in educational systems. Yet, despite the growing
acceptance, experienced advocates are unanimous in observing that
significant barriers remain. FOSS advocates in schools in Canada
and the United States not only need to face the innate conservatism
of those around them, but also need to plan their campaigns
carefully, choosing tactics that will work and avoiding
counterproductive ones. Success is more likely to come slowly, and
from starting small, than from any overnight success.
"To understand effective advocacy techniques in the schools, we
contacted three veterans of the fight..."