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[News] Reasons for Public Education to Move to Free Software and Content

  • Subject: [News] Reasons for Public Education to Move to Free Software and Content
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:44:44 +0100
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Why Public Education Must Use Public Software

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| But the current state of the American public 
| education system is no longer innovative. By 
| now, many have realized that America no 
| longer holds a monopoly on the math and 
| sciences, and some question if we ever did. 
| Other nations have been making such quick 
| progress that a second Sputnik doesnât seem 
| far-fetched in the near future.
| We canât risk falling behind on the math and 
| sciences. According to Jefferson, âscience is 
| important to the preservation of our 
| republican government, and . . . also 
| essential to its protection against foreign 
| power.â Thankfully, our current President 
| claims to be aware of our education systemâs 
| troubles, but is awareness enough?
| [...]
| Public education is supposed to provide a 
| model for its students. Freely available 
| software for the public that anyone can use, 
| learn from, modify, and send back to the 
| system for improvement is certainly an ideal 
| and practical model. Here is software that 
| endorses cooperation and functions on peer 
| review â software that promotes creativity 
| and independent thought. Why subjugate the 
| student to the black boxes of proprietary 
| software when they can learn freely with 
| free software?



Frances Pinter on the (Academic) Value of Sharing

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| So much of academic output is now available on the web, and when you talk to
| academics they are not 100 percent happy with how difficult it is becoming to
| find their works. They are looking for tools; a digital means of selecting,
| filtering, and ranking the materials they are using and recommending. We are
| actually in a period of transition where we are still relying on the old, but
| wanting to experiment with the new. People like myself who spend a lot of
| time with the open access crowd can kind of forget there are a lot of
| academics who arenât so vocal, who are primarily interested in producing
| their content, getting materials in front of their students, and getting
| their promotion and their recognition for work that they produce.

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