I agree with you too, of course. However, your point number three
deals with a deeper level of educationnal philosophy than the others. I
am very pleased to find an old-timer still keeping the faith. This
belief (i.e. that our ed system should not be beholden to industry) is
part of what got us all fired up in the '60's. I alluded to that
phenomenon last week in another message. But this idea would seem to be
in conflict with the thrust of that message, which concerned how the
U.S. might stay competitive in the globalized marketplace.
I don't have time to give this a considered response right now, but I
think it points to a real dilemma we face in balancing a humane
education with the realities of a world that can, too often, be less
Suddenly, I'm feeling sad - but I don't have time for that either so
I'll shut up for now and get to work.
>>> [log in to unmask] 4/12/2005 8:42 AM >>>
That is an argument I have never bought on several levels, in no
order of importance:
1) Computer skills are far more important than being platform
Whether you're word-processing or crunching numbers on a Mac or PC, it
little difference. It's usually the same software package, regardless
2) Is Ford the biggest selling auto in the US? I don't know.
the car brand is, the logic of the argument below would mean that
teach Driver Ed on only the most widely used brand of car. That is
silly. By extension, if your company owns a fleet of Dodge vans,
should also be your personal car. I definitely don't buy that
3) I have a HUGE problem with the idea that schools are merely a
system for industry. We are not the farm system for the major leagues
business world. That smacks WAY too much of those failed social
seen in Eastern Europe and other misguided nations. Yes, one of our
to "prepare our students for life after high school," but that is a
broader task than a Brave-New-Worldish stamping out of workers.
Sorry for the vehemence of my reaction, but I've heard that argument
and it really pushes my buttons.
In a message dated 4/12/05 7:53:46 AM, [log in to unmask]
> I have been monitoring the PC vs Mc discussion. My concern with Macs
> the short term financial gain that Macs may provide may cause a
> concern in terms of students not being prepared to enter the
> market where PCs are the norm. Thinking in terms of decreasing the
> tech. support work orders may have a huge impact on the preparedness
> students to succeed in the global economy due to lack of PC skills.
If our goal
> is to prepare our students for life after high school, then our
> desktop may need to be decided by that rather than what desktop is
Tommy J. Walz
Barre Supervisory Union
120 Ayers St.
Barre VT 05641