Schools Switching from Macs to “Personal Computers”
File this under the “bullshit” category: Schools in Pinellas County, Florida will be switching from Macs to “Personal Computers” for stupid reasons (aside from the fact that they apparently do not realize that Macs are personal computers too).
One teacher is quoted stating “With PCs, the kids should get more computer time” and “I usually like to work with PCs, with Window [sic] because you’re not limited as much.” To quote further from the article, “Teacher Tenishela Barganier says she remembers being nervous about the switch at first, but thinks personal computers are a better tool for teaching students.”
And this from the District’s IT manager: “…the only significant cost factor will be paying two different staffs to maintain the two systems.”
I understand the basic concept behind the switch, but I don’t agree with giving a false impression that Macs are somehow inferior, when it’s more likely that the School District’s IT staff is simply incompetent.
This item was posted byon Tuesday, October 7th, 2003.
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