A milestone for education on Free Software and Open Standards has been reached. On September 5th 2007 the beta version of the SELF Platform goes live. The official launch is taking place during a conference on Free Software in Education in the Netherlands, accompanied by satellite launch events in Sweden, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and India with workshops and conferences.

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Created by tony 9 years 50 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 50 weeks ago
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dave's picture


9 years 50 weeks 1 day 2 min ago


Back when I was studying programming,

Back when I was studying programming, one of our lecturers got fired (for making racist remarks) and walked out with all of the lecture notes and our semester's grades/marks. His replacement lecturer came in with no idea of where we were up to, how much we knew, or how well each of us were going.

I was alarmed that a teacher could be so against students and the principles of teaching that he would do this. It occurred to me that, as a teacher, wouldn't you want your experience to be passed on to other teachers so that it doesn't only benefit your own students but everyone else's too.

Since then, I have been dreaming that one day schools will keep open source lecture notes for each subject, notes on students current progress, tests, test results, etc., online so that, if a teacher is suddenly no longer available (even for just one class), a substitute teacher can step in, have all the materials available, be right up to date with everything including the students, and carry on almost seamlessly.

I imagined a wiki style system where different teachers could work out time tables, curricula, add notes, ideas, etc., and allow their combined year's of experience meld to produce the best classes available.

I am glad to see this sort of thing finally starting to come about through projects like this.

Jimbob's picture


9 years 50 weeks 23 hours 46 min ago


Yes. If more teachers become aware

Yes. If more teachers become aware of free software and more importantly its spirit and intent, then there will be more teachers who are likely to share their work with other teachers. Being a teacher will become easier. And, if there's one thing we need more in the world, its (good) teachers.

kiba's picture


9 years 50 weeks 23 hours 25 min ago


I challenge the idea of school

I challenge the idea of school systems.

Why not do "unschooling"? If cultivated right, the child will be able to learn just about anything, with no need for formal class educations.

Plus it will feel more "natural" than just learning something for a set period of time on a bell.

Learning would be disassociated with the school system and make learning a lot more enjoyable than the current do homework, memorize fest.

If there is anything that you didn't know, you can alway go back and learn.

The school system don't teach many things such as learning how to run a business, critical thinking, and philosophy.

With unschooling, I think it open the door to a deeper and more diverse education.

Jimbob's picture


9 years 50 weeks 19 hours 10 min ago


Aren't you talking about Steiner

Aren't you talking about Steiner schools? A bunch of friends of mine went to schools like what you are describing. Two of them joined the circus and one of them became a pizza delivery guy and used to make chainmail as a hobby. Useful skills. If you let children decide what to learn they usually pick stupid things to learn about.

IMHO, you need a balance between having skills to get by in life math, english, science, social studies etc. and skills that relate to interests so that you can enjoy making whatever living you decide to make.

kiba's picture


9 years 50 weeks 14 hours 48 min ago


Jimbob: Steiner school? Huh? U [...]

Steiner school? Huh?

Unschooling does not mean you neglect critical skills like mathematics nor does it requires you to go to "school".

P.S I gottach stop talking about school system, not related to FSDaily.