[K12OSN] Making K12LTSP 'school friendly'

"Terrell Prudé, Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Thu Feb 10 23:51:50 UTC 2005

Les Mikesell wrote:

>>What we have now does *not* warrant the wholesale
>>abandonment of books, on the contrary - the book learning is now
>>desperately needed to get kids to actually think and write.
>Well, that's a different argument, and one I'll defer to experts.
>I can take a pile of books and a quiet space and learn something
>from them.  There are people who can't, but can learn in other
>ways that technology is just starting to deliver. 

Actually, that was my original argument.  What's wrong with books, 
pencil, and paper, and why is there such stiff opposition to their use 
when they work so well?  I just don't see the justification for blowing 
all that dough on Reader Rabbit, the Windows license required to run it, 
the technician's time to constantly clean/disinfect/repair/reimage the 
thing (times how many boxes in your school), and the constant threat of 
a BSA audit, requiring staff to spend time maintaining all those 
licenses.  I simply don't see the cost/benefit argument for that when 
the combination of K12LTSP and actual books/pencils/paper works so well 
for actually educating children.

Given my above argument, can you enlighten me as to why Windows-only 
programs like Reader Rabbit make sense in a school?  If you can refute 
what I've presented, I will, going forward, actively support Reader 
Rabbit, etc.  In any case, I'm quite willing to listen.

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