Boy gets punished by teacher for using Linux in school
I’ve just read this simply hard to believe story about a boy who was punished by the teacher simply because he was using Linux in school. The teacher was thinking that the boy’s use of Linux was an illegal activity. The teacher believed that concept of free software does not exist.
Wow! We should really talk about Linux more to the “outside world” more often. The teachers should be on the top of the list! I wouldn’t want my children getting educated that Linux is an illegal thing.
The story didn’t just stop there. The teacher, simply named Karen, goes on to email Kenny Starks of HeliOS Linux, “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.”
Starks, of course, defended Linux and said, “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 nonsense.”
Ken has posted an update about the situation on his HeliOS blog. It looks like there have been some quick reactions on both parts and it seems that they are now communicating more to resolve the issue.
In my opinion, the teacher should have not made some unwarranted “illegal activity” insinuations outright and made some time to check it out before outbursting in that kind of an email.
I also tip my hat to Ken for having the humility to apoligize to mistakes he has made on his part and for having an uncomprising stand not to reveal the identity of the teacher.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.