When you send your child to school, you expect that he/she comes back with a certain knowledge basis, a certain social behavior. Knowledge is universal. So is Free Software. Social behavior implicates values and philosophy. So does Free Software. By implementing Free Software in schools, we could reach a more effective educative system.
Using Free Software allows your child to learn to share and cooperate and thus join a whole community that shares knowledge.
Teaching a child to rely on proprietary software makes him dependent on something s/he'll have to pay for. Teaching your child to rely on Free Software allows him/her to continue using this software in his/her adult life while helping others by sharing it.
The possibility to tinker motivates children to learn more. Free Software allows them to learn about computers at any depth.
Free Software gives children the possibility to learn how software works and thus helps them to understand the concepts underlying a whole category or type of software. They are then able to adapt to any environment, a key skill nowadays.
Free Software applications are being translated into almost any language. Thus, your child can learn and focus on the actual subject without any language or cultural barriers.
With Free Software, teachers can give a copy of a program to each child, without risking to mislead him/her to use an illegal copy. Thus, you are not put in a position to make a financial decision and children of families with less financial resources can learn with the same tools as every other child.
Without licence fees, the school saves money and can use it to train the teachers or for technical support to disburden the teachers, and thereby improve the quality of teaching.
Free Software can be used with minimal hardware requirements on almost any hardware. Using and teaching Free Software also allows the school to save money on the purchases of computers and updates, and thereby reinvest it rather on grey matter.
Free Software is stable, secure and reliable. Security and other updates can be implemented in a minute. Its maintenance is automated and thus time-saving.
Free Software is impervious to current viruses.Free Software Foundation Europe