From: Mark Evans
To: Edgehill e-mail service <edgehillit(a)edgecoll.clara.net>
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Typical uses of IT in schools
Date: 19 December 2001 11:52
<puts on asbestos lohng-johns> Unfortunately, many teachers
of my acquaintance, have insufficient understanding &/or
experience of computers to be confident with the software.
Since it all seems complicated to them, then they believe
that the system will be worse for the younger pupils.
You also quite commonly hear the phrase "These people have
difficulty with Windows how can they possibly cope with
Linux". The assumption here is that Windows is somehow
the easiest system to use.
Pupils who have no real fear of breaking the
will therefore attempt most things withot concern.
In which case it's best to give them something either
they can't break or anything they do "break" will
affect only them.
Admittedly, but the point is that it is actually quite difficult for
someone to do any *real* damage - the children are blisfully unaware of the
possibility, and carry on blithely. Adults, terrified of the complex
machine before them (present company excepted ;) know what _might_ happen,
even if it is unlikely. Hence - children experiment (hopefully) with the
software, and learn. Adults tend not to. - only a personal observation, I