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Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Free school administration software - project has started
  • From: David Bowles <dbowles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 21:36:13 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <19322006376.20030502223549@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
One aspect that's of crucial importance with regard to the potential
for success with a replacement for SIMS and many other aspects of IT
for schools is the deeply-entrenched culture of teaching and school

Schools tend to operate on a strictly higherarchical basis, with those
whose job involves actually working with management resources (such as
SIMS) and curriculum resources usually having little or no say in the
choice of which resources are used.

Furthermore, the idea of choosing something on the basis of its actual
merits is a complete anachronism within many schools, as the basis on
which these make decisions about as far from a meritocracy as you can
get. Instead politics tends to rule supreme, with the quality of the
education provided and the working conditions of staff lower down
the school higherarchy rarely a priority consideration.

Yes there are opportunities for innovation and the adoption of open
source resources within schools, but a 'me too' replacement for the
too well established 'SIMS' system is unlikely to be one of them.

David Bowles
TeacherLab / Education Support

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