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The importance of choosing libre software for the public education.

In this article I am going to left apart the prize since it depends too much to say ‘USE GNU/LINUX IS FREE’ and I am going to center on the four freedoms of software: use, study, share and improve.

I think the education system should promote free software because it allows teachers, students and other involved members of the education community to study the used software and further improve.

It also does not generate dependency of features or programs that you can only get for a prize out of the education system, leveraging the students capability to use those programs or services in their future live in their cotidian live, work or to create enterprises based on those technologies without a great cost.

Students should get familiar in the basic levels of the public education with programming and the usage of the GNU/Linux command line and with the computers associated culture to build better digital citizens who valuate their privacy and other digital rights.

If you give Gmail to a child you will build 1984, but if you give them GNU/Linux and the four freedoms you will build a rich digital society where people is able to administer their own services and build better yet free software tools which may help everyone. (But without any warranty because they will be licensed under the GPLv3 or MIT.)

I hope the next time you give a course you consider using a free software platform like Moodle + Jitsi over a privative of freedom one  like Edmodo + Zoom.

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Public, free and quality I am not talking about software but education.

Education is the building principe of every modern society I have born in Spain, so I could enjoy and sometimes suffer a public and free education which build the professional and the person I am today.

Thanks to the country I born I was able to do a basic education (ESO) and two FP grades, one medium Technician in Microinformatic Systems and Networks and other superior Technician on Web Application Development which allowed me to be employed with 21 years old and a great salary as soon as I left the highschool.

Altought in Spain the superior levels of education (University and Masters.) are still not free and are pretty expensive which can be a impossible to tackle obstacle to many kids who dream being lawyer or investigator.

Also I think we should attempt to have a non piramidal education system where not being able to success in a education level disallows you to study a greater level which is more interesting for you, this could be useful to many persons with disabilities like the Asperger Syndrome which makes you great in your interests but worse on what you dislike.

Many people with disabilities are not great on the generalistic levels of education but can shine on some specific field so the piramidal scheme becomes a barrier to them.

Lets build a education which is fair and equal in the biggest quality for everyone.