Across Scandinavia a somewhat strange trend is growing. The schools want to buy Macs for all their students. This is of course to try and persuade the students to choose their school but otherwise doesn't add anything to the education. A computer is nice in school but the students could get a full functioning computer that'll do the work for one fifth the prize of a MBP. Also why Macs? hardly anyone uses Macs so why push a completely new OS on students who got enough learning stuff to worry about?
Is this deeply disturbing or am I just overreacting?
Answer by nitrocrime · Aug 03, 2011 at 09:18 AM
"Is this deeply disturbing or am I just overreacting?" You're overreacting!
Mac are used by millions of people world wide and it's growing very rapidly. The reason why a school would choose a Mac over a Windows based PC could be based upon the type of education. If it's for photo/video editing I'd prefer to have a Mac. If it's for game development (leaving out iOS which I'm currently focusing at) than I'd prefer a Windows PC (and I hate Windows after 9 years of problems).
Iif the school wants to give there students MBP's just to get more students than that would be a very bad choice. The MBP is an expensive piece of equipment and someone needs to pay for it. That person is most likely the student who thinks he's/she's getting a free MBP.
Here are some posts of the amount of sales/growth Mac has.
Answer by HerpDerp · Aug 03, 2011 at 09:18 AM
Because the amount of people that use them in that country doesn't reflect what the rest of the world is doing. I think you're just overreacting a little bit. OS X isn't very hard to learn how to use. (Shouldn't take much more than a week or two) Not only that, I believe that Macs were basically MADE for home and education use to it makes a bit of sense. All of this is a matter of opinion though. :) (I don't mean to troll or spark an argument.)
Answer by Enrico · Aug 03, 2011 at 09:27 AM
School like macs because they provide a standard. For example, the school could post system requirements for a pc that students should buy or for the school to buy. Or they could choose a specific mac and have everyone basically have the same computer.
Plus macs are better then PCs :P
Answer by Yarvaxea · Aug 03, 2011 at 09:49 AM
I'm not sure what you call those schools but it's for kids aged about 10-16. Is it really necessary to spend so much money on a MBP? all they need is a computer that can run Open Office.
And I do NOT WANT ANOTHER BLOODY MAC VS PC WAR!
Answer by Pizzscn · Aug 03, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Ugh forgive me, but I just do not see the "add comment" anymore. Anyway I think they should be able to borrow it, but KEEP IT? That is pushing it a little far. That's also going to be a bad idea like some one else suggested earlier because MacBook pros aren't cheap, even with the education discounts and as I'd imagine even in bulk. Our school bought us Dell latitude e5400 machines, which we had to borrow. I get mine back in two weeks, but next summer I turn it in again.
Answer by Billy Aoki · Aug 03, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I see a trend in other countries such as my own, Singapore and in China as well. But over here, their main reason for having Macs is due to them schools wanting to monitor the student's PC usage. Hence by going to those schools, the student will lose any form of internet freedom they would have had if they went to a normal school that doesn't require their students to have Macs.
That aside, I find it rather redundant as anything you could do on a Mac, you could do on a PC for less than half the price.
Lack of viruses? If OSX ever gets the most market share somewhere in the near future, the amount of viruses available on the Mac would be double of what amount Windows has right now. The only thing protecting Mac users from viruses is the fact that OSX is still a small minority OS within the family of operating systems.
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