"Perhaps Hartley needs to get to the root of the issue
here, instead of lopping off the first head he sees. In general, IT
and hardware decisions are made at the district level and, in some
cases, higher. The poor soul in the high school server room has no
more input about the platforms being used than my great-aunt Fanny.
The teachers? Even less. It's the suit-wearing administrators
sitting in air-conditioned offices who drop in for a meeting
between rounds of golf that make the decisions that are foisted on
"When school administrators are handed incentive-laden hardware
and software proposals from slick marketing folks promising to put
a laptop in the hands of every student, it's not surprising that
Microsoft and Apple win the race almost every time. So, before
anyone blames IT admins or teachers for a lack of experience or
willingness to use open source solutions, it's important to make
sure accusations are flung in the right direction."
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