Thursday, January 29, 2009

Teachers and open source

An interesting entry about teachers and their ignorance toward open source software has made me happy. Not the teachers, the fact that people are willing to voice the problems caused by proprietary software in the education system.

The entry states that Canada is making larger steps than the US to improve open source adoption in schools. Unfortunately, I highly doubt that is true.

I think there should be a huge sense of urgency here. Instead, it seems some of the teachers that aren't completely oblivious think "OK, there is Linux, but there is nothing I can do about it".

Perhaps teachers should encourage students to use Linux and other open source projects outside of the classroom. Rather than merely "allowing" it. Let the students insist on bringing open source into the education. I would think this would be a much easier task with student support.