Skip to comments.AISD Teacher Throws Fit Over Student's Linux CD
Posted on 12/10/2008 5:23:13 PM PST by ari-freedom
In an age where Windows and OS X reign supreme, it's no wonder that a local AISD middle school teacher became enraged after discovering one of her students distributing what she believed to be bootlegged copies of an operating system in class.
While teacher "Karen" was clearly operating under the assumption that she'd scored a minor victory for the Microsofts and other downtrodden software giants of the world, the particular operating system that she ended up disciplining her student for was a freely distributable version of Linux.
To wit, the following is part of an email that the teacher sent to the person who originally provided said Linux to the student
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Some of the dumbest people I know are teachers.
Some of the dumbest people I know are teachers....and doctors and lawyers.
I like Linux, but it is not “there” yet.
Installing even a PCMCIA “G” card is a royal pain...worse then Wordperfect in text only mode...
As for the teacher...this is what Colleges are producing today?
My son’s high school science teacher guided him and others through building a website. Although the site was viewable from her own hard drive, it was not viewable through the Internet. I told her so in very nice terms, and I instructed her by e-mail, step by step, on how to correct the problem. She became enraged and hated me from then on.
Slowly shaking head
Walking away in disbelief...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH oh my dear sweet zombie jesus.
Miss Teacher, are you sure that isn't another L-word you tried during college?
, I along with many others tried Linux during college
Dear God...was this before or after acid and group sex?...what a moron.
Oh I have a stepsister who recently graduated from college and is teaching elementary school. She is dumb in a way you can’t even comprehend unless you actually spend time with her. How she ever graduated from a single college course, let alone obtained a degree, is something I will never understand. And God help those children in her classroom....they may never recover from her grammar.
Penguin Ping. :)
I bought (yes..paid money...LOL!) for Ubuntu 8, it just didn’t do the trick, my older stuff just doesn’t have the horsepower to run it right.
And plug and play wireless networking is needed for Linux to be “there’ for me.
“I like Linux, but it is not there yet.”
it’s great for students. Let them have the opportunity to use a system that they can understand.
I keep a Knoppix disc at work to help me diagnose problems. 95% of the time, it isn't the hardware, it is Windoze flaking out. It freaks some people out when I use a liveCD. Is there a Windoze equivalent out there? If so, it is probably pricey like the rest of MS.
Those damn kids! Lookin' at teh pr0n on teh interweb!
No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.
You, Ma'am, are ignorant.
These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline.
Yeah. You're right. People like Bjarne Stroustrup, Tim Berners-Lee, and Jakob Nielsen are horrible, horrible people that should be shunned by proper society.
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.
HUH?! Wait... You.... My head hurts!
Was "Linux" slang for a drug or a deviant sex act back in the day?
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.
Bam! She knows Linux is free and open-source, so she knows damn well the kid wasn't doing anything illegal.
Or this is one helluva troll.
"Linux Until Graduation"
Now, I have my problems with M$, but anyone who believes that Redmond would actually provide any copies of Winders, especially older copies, does not have enough information to engage in this debate.
M$ won't even let charities transfer licenses on donated computers. However, in other countries they have created a cheap version of XP for distribution to combat piracy. But not in the US.
I have to tell you, I’ve grown to like MS Word, I can’t live without Excel, I’m learning to tolerate Access (I’m just learning to appreate Acrobat Pro, but that’s a different animal), but when I had WordPerfect (no mouse support) it was all I ever wanted, and I didn’t want to give up that blue screen.
What Linux is great for on an old system/lap top is restarting USB ports, as boot disk, Linux is quite good.
I’ve tried DSL 3.3 and Ubuntu’s Dapper Drake and 8.0, they are okay, I think a student with time and interest in really poking around would love them and learn alot, but for me..not so much..
That does not say much for the state of education in this country. How are the kids supposed to learn something when idiots like this woman are teaching?
Open Office and Foxit reader for me.
In college I came so very close to having a..incident..involving a networked computer running Word Perfect 2.11’s “justify” feature...no jury in the land would have convicted me!!!!
That's about the caliber of your average education major these days, yeah. My roommate's girlfriend/fiance/wife in college was an education major. Also completely, insufferably, irretrievably, hopelessly stupid...and borderline evil.
She, more than any other single variable, solidified my wife's and my decision to homeschool our kids. No person like that will ever teach/guide my kids.
I've used modified Knoppix in the past, but mostly Helix and Backtrack currently when I need to work on a compromised system. The desktop guys use a custom windows PE build for imaging systems, data recovery, etc.
Open Office, nay. Performance is a joke.
“Some of the dumbest people I know are teachers.”
Of course, the one in question is a union member.
Victor Davis Hanson really sums it up nicely here:
“Some of the dumbest people I know are teachers....and doctors and lawyers.”
Really? I know hundreds of doctors, but I never met a single one who was dumb.
“Foxit Reader, yea. Better performance with most PDFs and better security.
Open Office, nay. Performance is a joke.”
Yeah, thta’s my take on them as well. Like Foxit, but Open Office is kinda clunky.
Some of the dumbest people I know are teachers....and doctors and lawyers.
Have you considered that educators are the lowest 10% of the academic talent pool (holds for faculty & students).
Doctors and lawyers have to survive in the real world, a world where incompetence has consequences.
While I like a good lawyer joke as well as the next FReeper, to compare the average lawyer, let alone a Doctor, IQ with educator IQ scores is a stretch worthy of of the old comic book character ‘Plastic Man’.
And I thought Austin was where the Commie Texans lived!
Nice to see a teacher promoting capitalist values and supporting companies that actually pay people to develop software!
there are plenty of companies that make money by using linux. There’s nothing capitalist about denying choices.
Use The Proper OS For The Task
Linux for servers
Mac for graphics
Unix for production,
Windows for Solitaire
The original version of Word Perfect for Windows had an auto-save feature that was enabled by default. One day I was working on a project that I'd spent nearly 2 hours on, saving it on a regular basis. Then something happened, and WPfW managed to corrupt my document. Before I could stop it, the damn program managed to overwrite the last good save I had!
So I know what you mean.
you can use linux for solitaire for free! :)
And you get more solitaire games with Linux!
However, we mustn’t leave MS out of the picture completely.
Wisdom - The ability to appropriately apply knowledge in specific situations
That said, some of the brightest people I know are MD’s
Able to modify paradigms with rapidly shifting and very incomplete databases,
with catastrophic consequences always possible...
And I live in a town full of Nuclear Physicists and Engineering types
Don't mind me, I've just been on call too much lately and am grumpy
Woo Hoo! Electrical Engineers rock!
Too smart and/or busy to get a date though!
“However, we mustnt leave MS out of the picture completely.”
no, but schools need to save money and there’s no reason to waste $ on Microsoft for the sake of using Microsoft if Linux fits the bill just fine.
There are ways to speed up Open Office. My way is to not use it, but Koffice in KDE.
They make money selling support! Winds up costing corporate IT the same as Windows.
The problem with LINUX is that if the admin screws up royally, he has no one to blame. If he screws up while using Windows, he can scapegoat Microsoft and maybe keep his job.
Windows has unfairly become the whipping boy for incompetant admins.
Average SAT scores of incoming college freshmen declared as education majors are very low. If you consider in the 900s low.
And IQ means squat in real world performance and has no correlation with common sense.
Also, plenty of “intelligent” people are poorly educated, ignorant and indoctrinated. Including those with college degrees.
I agree with you completely. However, I was refering to my previous humorous(?) post regarding OSes and not the schools. Personally, I left MS quite awhile ago and only run linux OSes. :)
As far as the schools go, they should always have a choice. How can you learn if you don’t try new things?