Public schools making MS Office mandatory
tpearson at raptorengineeringinc.com
Thu Apr 7 16:29:49 UTC 2016
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On 04/07/2016 06:14 AM, Guido Arnold wrote:
> I produced a summary of a longer debate on the German discussion
> list which addressed a lot of aspects that may be relevant to other
> European countries. Please comment here on this list or per PM. The
> text below is also available as a blog post .
As distasteful as I find this I think I can see why it is being done.
No government wants people coming out of its educational system that are
unfamiliar with the "basic" technology in use around the world.
How I would approach this is similar to how religion, et al. are treated
in the same schools. Require students on technical tracks to learn how
to use (or at least become aware of) another office suite (and maybe
operating system as well), and put those touted "standardised files" to
the test switching between the two. This could be as simple as
introducing SBCs such as the Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Black to those
In theory this should produced well rounded students who are at home in
both environments, and if piracy is properly prosecuted the student will
see the advantages of the libre environment firsthand...
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