On Tuesday 20 March 2007 13:34:22 Phil Thane wrote:
On Tuesday 20 March 2007 13:08, Paul Taylor wrote:
There is an excellent new open source based qualification called INGOTs
). In the UK it is now QCA sanctioned and there are
lots of academies around the world so it is open and global. It is
designed and maintained by people active in the open source community,
adheres to strict open source principles, and should therefore receive
our full support, I think.
I absolutely agree, the problem (as ever) is that unless something comes
froma mainstream publisher or examinations body few teachers will ever get
to hear about it. AQA, Edexel, WJEC etc are known, if someone is looking
for an exam to set, they go there.
Then there are still teachers who think they know the mind of industry and
believe that anything Microsoft is 'Industry Standard' and therefore what
they shuold use. I've tried arguing in the past that 'common'
mean 'standard' and I've tried pointing out that schools are in the
education 'industry' so just because some office down the road is using MS
Word doesn't mean it is in anyway suited to school use.
I agree. My argument to my school management that gave that tired old
argument was, "I learned to drive in an old banger, but if someone were kind
enough to give me an Aston to drive, I'm pretty sure I could do it because I
have "learned to drive", not "learned to drive X".
However we have to keep on trying. OpenSuSE-edu,
Schoolforge, and anyone
else in the FLOSSIE movement should support INGOTs
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