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<title>Free Software in Education</title>
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<h1>Free Software in Education</h1>
<p id="introduction">
We actively promote the use of Free Software in schools and
universities as it encourages schooling of understanding over
product training and upholds the scientific principle.
When you use Free Software you can use a program without
expiration date, read its source code, modify the program to fit
your needs, and further share the program and any improvements
you make. The FSFE promotes the inclusion of Free Software in all
levels of education systems and non-formal education.
Already during its first general assembly, FSFE identified <a
href="/about/reports/es-2003">education as
one of the most important areas for activity</a> so young people and
students would have the chance of getting in touch with knowledge instead
of mere product schooling. Therefore the FSFE started a <a href="/freesoftware/education/eduteam.html">Free Software in
Education working group</a> to focus on these efforts. Today, it acts as a hub and works on
monitoring the European situation. We participate in Free Software
events and assist other initiatives in making the change possible.
Amongst other arguments for Free Software, here are four of the key benefits for education:
<strong>Sharing:</strong> Using free software allows schools to
teach children to share and cooperate.
<strong>Learning to program:</strong> The possibility/freedom to
tinker motivates children to learn more.
<strong>Easy to administer:</strong> Free Software is stable,
secure and reliable. It offers unrestricted access to the source
code, thus allowing to modify or adapt it to the schools'
<h2>Students should be taught the use of Free Software</h2>
<strong>Licences:</strong> With Free Software, teachers can give
a copy to each student. There is no risk to mislead any child
to use an illegal copy.
Computer science curricula should focus on information technology
concepts. Students should learn Free Software options for each
task to gain technological competence and autonomy. Training
students to use commercial products makes them dependent on
software companies. Educational institutes should refrain from
this practice.
Free Software is the key to teaching students programming.
Students should be taught Free Software because this way they can
read the source code of a program and learn how it operates. This
is paramount for talented students who are self-taught
programmers. Writing code requires reading a lot of code. Using
programs with hidden source code can sabotage learning, while
Free Software lets everyone see in the finest detail how a
program works.
<h2>Schools should use Free Software in their technological infrastructure</h2>
Educational institutes aim to convey a set of higher values to
students, including freedom, equality, and solidarity. Free
Software is a practice in information technology that embodies
those values. People have the freedom to shape their technical
infrastructure. People are free to improve the program themselves
and share their contributions with others. Everyone is equal in
this process. Free Software communities have a spirit of helping
others. Formal education should not overlook the pedagogical
potential in Free Software. Schools should encourage teachers of
all courses to prefer Free Software when they make use of
technology. The technological infrastructure of educational
institutes should also rely on Free Software.
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<li><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Education">Advocate's wiki</a></li>
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