Ron Kaye Jr on 14 May 2012 08:04:39 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Can FOSS help school districts in trouble?

 a worthy idea
but ...

not for students.

(dont laugh) in the mid 80s i set up one of the first computer labs in delco
the hardware/curriculum was based on the apple iic.
problem was, it gave you no experience useful in the business world

however, having worked with tons of Proliants over the years,
i have always thought there should be some serviceable equipment that should be able to be procured by donations from local businesses (uphs. catholic health, sap, etc)
 Ron Kaye Jr 

On 05/13/12, K.S. Bhaskar wrote:

Our local school district is in trouble. No, I am not thinking of their financial woes right now, although money certainly is at the heart of this evil. When money was less scarce, they acquired with pride the latest technology - proprietary of course - some of it because the IT deparment makes selections on autopilot, some of it useful but not essential, and some of it downright wasteful and misleading. Now that money is tight, the school district is considering demoting senior teachers instead of taking a long, hard look at the IT budget. So, the trouble our school district is in is ongoing woolly-headed decision making by the administration: they are still spending more money on IT than they need. 

It being better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, I would like to help showcase free / open source software in K12 education, to control IT costs without compromising educational performance - indeed perhaps even to enhance the educational experience since FOSS does not set artificial boundaries as to what one can learn. 

I think it makes sense to start with a single school, too impoverished to even think about serious IT spending, and then move to a suburban school district and then to the school district for a city ... on our way to world domination, of course! This is a journey, not a destination. 

As much as solving technical issues, we need to document and publicize. So, from the start, we need to get the press involved. We need to blog about it and we need to be able to reach out to the public, Government and others to talk about it as it goes. So we need people with talent beyond technical skills. 

To that end, this post is to see who shares my interest in such an endeavor. Thank you very much.

-- Bhaskar

Windows does to computers what smoking does to humans

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