Clueless teacher shows amazing ignorance: Punishes student for 'stealing' LinuxMikey 10 comments
This story stunned me not only for the complete ignorance of the protagonist, but also because I am amazed that someone put in charge of teaching computers to children would not know one particular rudimentary fact about Linux.
Showing what is easily one the greatest over-reactions in recent memory, middle school teacher Karen X (not her real surname), placed the 'offending' student into detention and confiscated his CD's, then fired of this letter to Ken Starks at HeliOS Solutions.
"...observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.
This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them..."
Ken's response is quite amusing, and along the way he makes some interesting points about the 'Microsoft only' world that Karen mentions. Says Ken:
"First off, if there was even the slightest chance that I was doing something illegal, it would not have been done. To think that I would involve my kids in my "illegal" activities is an insult far beyond outrage. You should be ashamed of yourself for putting into print such none sense."
It's worth the read. Check it out here.