Schools should use free software because it enables further education, and critical thinking.
This article is about the pros and cons of free software, such as GNU/Linux, and how this software should be used or at least supported in education.
I go to the L&N STEM Academy, but not previously noted is the fact that we are a “1 to 1” technology school.
What this means is that each student has a laptop. More specifically, we each have a MacBook Air.
While I do appreciate the gift of the computer, they have restricted the installation and usage of programs, and most notably FOSS programs. This means they have given a free of price computer, but not a free speech computer. (If you aren’t sure what I mean, please see Gratis vs. Libre and What is Free Software?).
While free software is ideal, the best solution for educational institutes is that users be able to choose from a large number of supported system.