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    We need to switch to Open Educational Resources (OERS), digital materials under Creative Commons licenses. There is an OER University plan starting up that will use no commercially published textbooks for degree programs at universities around the world.

    There are projects to produce textbooks at other levels, too, including California's Free Digital Textbook Initiative. Bangladesh knows that it cannot afford to provide printed textbooks to all of its students, so it has put out even its primary school textbooks for free online, and is commissioning its own Doel school computer, which will cost far less than the books would have.

    As to the rest of the complaints here, see the Dishonored Promissory Note/Bounced Check introduction to Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech.

    In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

    But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

    It isn't only Blacks that the Right wants to deny economic rights to. Education should be free, at no cost to the learner, as an investment in ourselves, in our children, and in our future as a free people who respect the rest of each other's rights.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 09:22:07 AM PDT

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