Linux should be a part of School Education
Schools have to pay a large sum of money to use Windows in schools. Even after useless school discounts it still cost a fortune thus resulting in higher cost of education. On other hand Linux is free and wide adoption of Linux among schools will bring down the cost of education drastically.
One thing leads to another, if we start using Linux in our education system it can help in eradicating the Microsoft mess sooner. Linux in schools can increase the adoption rate in home users and from there Linux can start growing in the corporate world where we are already doing pretty fine.
Absolutely! I could not agree more. I'm 100% in favor of Linux in the public school systems.
Good luck with that!
The majority of public school teachers can use Windows, but have no idea how it works. And now you want to throw Linux at them?
Linux should be part of public school curriculum. But who is qualified to teach it?
Who in the private sector is willing to take a massive pay cut just to teach kids Linux?
The IT department of most public schools consists of a handful of underpaid Windows certified (in some cases) employees who are spread very thinly over a large number of schools in a single district. They would all have to be re-educated; retrained. Or they would have to hire more IT professionals.
School budgets are extremely tight. They would benefit in the long-run, but try convincing them of that.
And then there is the bureaucracy. State contracts that cannot be easily broken. Politicians whose re-election campaigns are funded by big corporations, like Microsoft.
Linux in the public school systems is a beautiful dream. But reality is a nightmare.