[CS-FSLUG] Microsoft Technology Mandated in GA Colleges?

Yama Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 00:12:25 CST 2013

I just came across this quotation, which happens to be quite pertinent>

Doris Lessing's/The Golden Notebook/:

"Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his 
or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of 
being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that 
is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we 
can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current 
prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look 
at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught 
by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of 
thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating 
system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will 
be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself --- educating 
your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the 
time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow 
and particular needs of this particular society."

point is, what centers of education should be, and what they are, is not 
the same, by far.

That is what it is, and we tolerate it because we cannot figure anything 

BTW, do y-all know of any Christian school that uses Linux? I don't. 
Besides y'all (and an uncle), all my linuxy acquaintances and buds are 

BTW, it happens everywhere. In South America, education decision makers 
are offered "training" trips to Miami, M$ paid. (used to be to Redmond, 
but I guess they figured Miami gets the allegiance purchased for less)

On 01/05/2013 05:11 PM, Fred A. Miller wrote:
> Microsoft is buying loyalty, the Apple way, by indoctrinating
> students in classrooms in Georgia.
> Microsoft gives "free" software to college students in Georgia,
> and Microsoft products are used and taught in the University,
> thus continuing a cycle.
> It is the same technique used by drug dealers.  Here is Microsoft's
> spin: http://www.rgerhart.com/uploads/8/3/2/1/8321687/georgia.pdf
> Where else is this happening & why is it tolerated?
> Centers of education should be centers of diversity - not closed-shops
> for the commercial promotion of proprietary products.
> LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/ and Moodle https://moodle.org/
> are free and meet most educational needs.
> Taking this fiscal and organizational short-cut is not in the best interest 
> of students.  Shame on the Georgia Board of Regents.
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