Let's take the OO argument in another direction...
I always remind folks that this is a digital divide issue... if the
school's productivity suite is MS Office (or any other commercial
product) we are (in effect) forcing families to buy that software to
be compatible with school systems.
Two issues arise here:
1)A family may feel compelled to shell out $100's for a commercial
license for home computers.
2)We are in a quandary when the ?school's? version is no longer
available for purchase.
Sure business teachers may find it necessary to teach the ?industry
standard,? but I hope my kids (currently in grade 11 & 8) leave school
with the ability to open an use a word processor.. any word
processor... to communicate effectively.
If our kids leave our schools without that ability, then shame on us.
-- Gary L. Ackerman
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