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Re: Doubts and question about the merging of LinEx in Debian Edu

On Friday 18 January 2008, Mark Trimble wrote:
> On 1/18/08, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis) <cobaco@skolelinux.no> wrote:
> > On Friday 18 January 2008, José L. Redrejo Rodríguez wrote:
> > > Teachers are the weakest point of using the computers in the
> > > classroom.
> >
> > agreed that teachers are currently a weak link
> >
> > though I think the weakest point is that it's currently considered okay
> > (even normal) to a have job that uses computers routinely, while
> > remaining completely clueless as to what you're actually.
> >
> > It's what I call the curse of the recepy monkeys, and sadly it's
> > currently pandemic to desk jobs everywhere.
> >
> > > I'm not worried about kids. My sons can use many more electronic
> > > devices and desktops that most teachers.
> >
> > I very much am:
> >
> > compared with most adults kids _seem_ knowledgable about computers.
> >
> > BUT
> >
> > in my experience that's not because they actually have a better grasp
> > of what they're doing, but simply because they've memorised more
> > computer recipies [*].
> My observations suggest kids seem more knowledgable because they are less
> intimidated by and more open to (even excited about) learning how to use
> computers.

intimidation by new things is definately a barrier seemingly absent with 
kids (though IME that attitude seems to mostly disappear around the start 
of secundary school, not sure why)

> The stubbornly computer illiterate invariably exhibit an utter reluctance
> to try something new out of fear of breaking "it" or the computer.

Agreed, and often take this to point of the absolute riddiculness

(as witnessned by the client that called the helpdesk at work last week 
cause he needed to turn on his co-workers computer and didn't know how 
<sarcasm> never mind that it was the exact same model, since it was on a 
different desk the on/off button can't possibly be the same </sarcasm> :)
Cheers, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)

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