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[REBOL] Re: Teaching Rebol => was:{Re: Re: Parsing comment}

From: tim:johnsons-web at: 28-Sep-2002 16:31

> Tim wrote: > > <sigh>We are going beyond the school district here... I'm disheartened > > to report that the Human Services profession here is very anti- > > technology and has turned down many opportunities for tekkies to > > help them. > > Example: We have a very high suicide rate among teen-agers here, > > and when several of us local programmers offered to build software > > to help crisis line staffers, we got no takers ... just one > > sad example > > </sigh> >
* Andrew Martin <[Al--Bri--xtra--co--nz]> wrote
> For the local high school where I work in the school term (Y9 - Y13, 13 - 18 > year pupils), I'll be installing a "Worry Web Site", which will be my > Rebol/Wiki (once I've got it's subdirectories working consistently well). I > got the idea from a NZ teenagers book, where the computer literate maths > teacher set up a Wiki-like software to assist students by providing a space > for anonymous cries for help, with a place for other students and > counsellors to respond. I'm lucky to have computer literate principal who > can see clear virtues for teachers and students, as well as money making > opportunities! > > One really has to show schools how new software will save them money (or > even make them money!) and enable them to meet the legal obligations, and > assist teachers, parents, students. >
Here it is more than that I think. Money is only part of the issue. Another part is a sort of mindset that thinks of information technology in very narrow boundaries. Those conceptual boundaries must expand and the administrators have to feel comfortable about the legal and control issues. But Andrew's concept is similar to something that I (along with Elan Goldman) attempted to provide for a "Services to Young and Pregnant Women" department in a local non-profit. The project was reject with prejudice, the department failed to get funding and it was closed. With a well-received technological aid similar in part to what Andrew is discussing, the department may have attracted funding. A similar system I put together here attracted $125,000 in grant monies. -- Tim Johnson <[tim--johnsons-web--com]>