I've heard this argument many times before, and I believe it is
misguided. We are not here to train kids to be proficient PC users, or,
for that matter, Mac users. Those of us in the realm of technology
education do need to teach specifics, but it is more important to teach
a global, problem-solving approach to using computers that will
anticipate the emergence of new technologies. The PCs of today will
probably bear as much resemblance to the convergent technologies of the
future, as the Apple IIs of twenty years ago do to today's computers.
What a disservice to kids (who are already way ahead of the curve) to
spend valuable school time learning the minutiae of Windows!
BTW, we are a PC-oriented school.
Johnson Elementary School
Johnson, VT 05656
802-635-2211 ext 113
BJORN NORSTROM wrote:
>I have been monitoring the PC vs Mc discussion. My concern with Macs is that the short term financial gain that Macs may provide may cause a long-term concern in terms of students not being prepared to enter the post-high school market where PCs are the norm. Thinking in terms of decreasing the number of tech. support work orders may have a huge impact on the preparedness of our 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 choice of desktop may need to be decided by that rather than what desktop is most cost-effective.