- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 8 June 2001
for CAD Lab at Sacramento High School
Many months ago Architosh published
a story on an individual's attempts to keep Macs in the Sacramento
City Unified School District's CAD Labs. This was specifically dealing
with the CAD instruction at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento,
right in Apple's backyard.
story garnered much attention and support with many people offering
David Link much advice. We also offered up our own pro-Mac
statistics and incentives to sway the powers-that-be to stick
with Macintosh running some CAD program rather than move over to
Autocad on PC's. Here is David's last email to us:
have failed in our attempt to keep Macs in the Sacramento City
Unified School District. School and District IT people have locked
into place an agreement with Compaq to supply all computers. Craig
and I made spirited defenses of the Mac for classroom use, including
printing all the messages that we received from Architosh members.
Running into the Autocad Wall
ran into a wall of IT people who want only one system to be responsible
for, and that system is not the Macintosh. Craig was also told
that he should stick with the industry standard (despite our proof
that there is no longer any platform or software standard in architecture)
strange twist included the cancellation of Macs for the art and
design department. When Craig countered with the same argument
that Kennedy and Sacramento City Unified should stick with the
industry standard in art and design, Macs, he was shut down without
Making Decisions Without Due Diligence
appears that the decision had been made months ago and no appeal
was possible. This is strange, because the Yearbook advisor was
able to purchase a complete lab of PowerBook G3s for his students,
JUST BEFORE THE CHANGE IN POLICY TO COMPAQS AND WINDOWS.
school district, Elk Grove Unified, is still well over 80% Macintosh,
while San Juan Unified (another Sacramento area district) is still
divided between Macs and Windows. Neither logic nor educational
validity appeared to be part of the decision.
High has stacked 32 PowerMac 7200 (75 to 120 mhz, 500 MB to 1.2
GB drives, built-in ethernet) workstations, including monitors,
outside to be dumped. With inexpensive Sonnet upgrades and some
more RAM, these units could function well for 5 more years, but
there will be no monetary or technical support offered, so they
are being dumped. This is sad, as well as poor policy, since students
were refused a chance to have these before they were dumped.
pass this on to the rest of Architosh members and thank them personally
for their support, technical information, and hope.
Well it is particularly sad that this effort has come to this.
We were very hopeful that David and Craig would prevail after the
excellent testimonials from leading Macintosh-based firms and other
educational institutions who offered much assistance. However it
appears that the decision was final before all of this effort was
put into place.
Perhaps the most troubling of all was the fact that the school
dumped perfectly working older Macs without at least giving them
away to lower income families who may not have a computer in the
home. That kind of act is just plain inexcusable given the fact
that so many children in this country still do not have a computer
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