Public schools making MS Office mandatory

Lancelot PECQUET lancelot at
Fri Apr 8 07:23:54 UTC 2016


There is an ongoing debate in France about the official partnership
between the Ministry
of Education and Microsoft (French only sorry) :

Btw, if schools & universities programs were to be driven by "industry
only, we could also replace useless History or Literature courses by an
Offshore Finance
class ("everybody's doing it, so let's teach the kids what will be
useful to succeed
in business") ;) #panamapapers

Have a nice day,


Le 07/04/2016 23:48, Timothy Pearson a écrit :
> On 04/07/2016 03:37 PM, Paul Boddie wrote:
> <snip>
> > As soon as you have to make time for such unexpected extra tuition,
> that two-
> > day course starts to feel really short. Indeed, I started to
> understand why
> > universities sometimes complain about the skills of new students,
> although in
> > this case it was a university dealing with its own students.
> Yeah, this is where the one-size-fits-all education model really breaks
> down.  Students on a more technical track are going to require exposure
> to devices and software beyond the "industry standard" for users, and
> any attempt to enforce the user-only model through primary education
> only shifts the burden to the secondary educational institutions.
> The real issue becomes getting the educational authorities to understand
> that additional technical education of a minority of the student
> population is required.  This is further hindered by the fact that
> governmental bodies are generally comprised of non-technical people who
> are primarily catering to non-technical constituents -- it is often
> easier to ignore the shift of burden for such a small minority than to
> actually address the issue at hand.
> Just my $0.02. :-)
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