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Re: Microsoft: Schools Fail to Teach Computing

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ B Gruff ] on Friday 24 March 2006 20:10 \__
>> On Friday 24 March 2006 19:20 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Actually, what I had in mind is the recurring criticism. Namely, schools
>>> that teach students how to use packages like Photoshop and Office. In my
>>> brother's school, they actually taught them ASP in Computer Science
>>> classes. I protested to him, but being just 16 at the time, he was too
>>> young to have his voice count among seniors whose knowledge is bound to
>>> nothing but Windows (and possible an MSCE qualification).
>> Around here, in schools, colleges and Adult Education, we have:-
>> Introduction to Computers = Howto use XP
>> Word Processing = Howto use MS Word
>> Spreadsheets = Howto use Excel
>> Presentations = Howto use Powerpoint
>> Internet = Howto use I.E. and Outlook Express
>> Graphics Design = Howto use Photoshop
>> ... not forgetting Computer Security = Howto use Norton!
> Prepare to hearing more stories like the following:
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| I'm an art professor, and last semester I embarked on an exciting
>| new adventure by erasing Mac OS X from nearly all of the Macintoshes
>| in our digital media lab and installing Ubuntu in its place.
>| I began seriously planning this change last school year, when I realized
>| how fully the current feature sets of free software programs could
>| satisfy the technical needs of the students in my classes. I decided
>| that the time had come to teach our undergraduate art students about
>| free software programs such as the GIMP, Scribus, and Quanta Plus,
>| instead of proprietary programs such as Photoshop, QuarkXpress,
>| and Dreamweaver.
> `----
>         http://business.newsforge.com/business/06/03/09/2238246.shtml?tid=37
> Over here, they have begun running courses on LaTeX and OpenOffice. Despite
> the fact that these teaching slots are a minority, they signal the beginning
> of a change. With demand, courses expand. With more people saving $300 and
> installing OpenOffice, such courses will flourish.

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