Uma iniciativa muito interessante, cujo objetivo é promover o ensino com
"Math hasn't changed since Isaac Newton," declares Scott McNealy. So
why, he asks, is California paying some $400 million annually to
"update" grade-school textbooks?
That's just one of the practices questioned by the Sun Microsystems
(nasdaq: SUNW - news - people ) chairman. And one of the problems he
believes can be solved.
McNealy, who handed Sun's chief executive reins to Jonathan Schwartz
earlier this year, is now applying his know-how to steer the Global
Education and Learning Community (GELC). (...)
McNealy's vision is worldwide access to a free Web site for
kindergarten-to-12th graders (K-12). Beyond a mere Google (nasdaq: GOOG
- news - people ) search, the open-source site would allow content
creators to donate their own material. Think of online encyclopedia
Wikipedia -- but with dependable standards. (...)
Likewise, says McNealy, the GELC plan would allow K-12 classrooms to
instantly access the same approved online textbooks--instead of the
expensive products hawked by "a great salesperson talking to the PTA."
And his free-market background has also shaped McNealy's vision: Far
from a mere sidewalk charity, the GELC will also amass funding to enable
professors to create textbooks specifically for the Web site.
Nelson Corrêa de Toledo Ferraz
Segula Technologies (www.segula.fr)
Free Software Foundation Associate Member #3203
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