[clug] Linux in education

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Tue Oct 9 21:34:02 GMT 2007

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Adam Jenkins wrote:
> Schools/universities are meant to be making students truly 'job ready'.

Which job would that be, exactly?  I mean, there are at least, oh, five I can
think of: programmer, mortician, professional race car driver, cheesewright
and blacksmith.  I can't see how you're suggesting people teach all that to
everyone in schools, unless they divide the classroom up into five different
sections after about grade, oh, two.  I mean, you're right - who would want to
learn another trade anyway?  But still, there's a bit of variation between
those jobs, so I'd expect they'd really have to get in early to make sure that
the students didn't learn anything that wasn't essential to their job.

> Too many people are confusing their task as that of trade schools, private
> colleges, etc., which is to teach how to use a specific
> application/product.

I'm not sure I follow you here.  Are you saying that the real institutions
that are for "job readiness" are these trade schools and private institutions?
 Because yes, then I agree, and we can both ignore my sarcasm above.  IMO the
only people that should be teaching you how to use a Microsoft product should
also be giving you a Microsoft certificate.

Have fun,

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