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May 20, 2002
“No free person should learn anything like a slave” – Plato

An idea from “The Hacker Ethic.” People should learn open source. The instructor gives the students a problem. The students research the problem. The students come to the next class with ideas and research to share. Lively discussion and exchange of information ensues. Collectively, solutions form. Solutions are further researched and refined. Results become research fodder. The exercise repeats with each class, building on previous research. No one is an absolute authority. Everyone contributes. Everyone, including the instructor, learns. Problems are solved, until the next class finds a better solution.