The path to convenience

On my more serious blog (as I am sometimes flippant here) where I don’t often do reviews and frequently talk about things architectural I’ve been diving into a social issue – that of information access.

Something that has bothered me for a long time, the fact that there isn’t an equitable distribution of information. I don’t mean open source software (which I think is probably an idea that should die – why give something away without any hope of recouping at least the time you spent) but more the information that lies beneath the technology.

Open-Information would seem to me to be the ultimate form of equality. If all children start out with the same information there are no advantages to countries, schools or methods. I’ve said it before, a good teacher with the right information and access to many different ways of using the information can take a child far. That means that when that child meets the great teacher they aren’t behind the curve – and they are ready to learn. The old adage, when the student is ready the teacher will appear doesn’t always apply to elementary, middle and high school systems, but it could.

Anyway, I am spending a lot of time thinking about what was, I need to focus on what will be.



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