The Great Man theory of social progress or art or anything is inherently colonialist and supports kyrarchy. It's a persistent idea in western culture and apparently nothing in a typical CS education ever challenges this. Computers are either invented by a series of great men or they exist in some sort of end-of-history eternal present. RMS is a great man. Therefore any toxicity in his actions is overlookable and toxicity in his defenders is at worst just over exuberance or at best necessary and therefore good.

I'm picking on CS here, but its hardly unique. I've been teaching a course this year that specifically invokes this model of history in the official design documents.

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I sometimes feel that education specialises too soon. Being Scottish we could have up to 7 different subjects per year that got us our highers, 1 year courses. If we wanted to progress further (in theory to catch up to A levels) we had a 6th year studies cert. It meant we could study a breadth of subjects. You could study history, a science, language, and mix and match others. Whereas I gather in England and Wales at the time due to the 2 year lengths you could only study a couple.

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I've rambled a bit, apologies, I do wonder if more of us got to study in a system that covered more than maths, computing à d covered history, and the "softer" subjects if we would have more critical thinking in how to judge these situations. Look at the big pictures of not just achievements but how actions ripple out and stifle community. I don't think alot of folks have to think about these dynamics often and it shows. It's actually easier for them to feel its a Corp conspiracy.

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oddly enough, my few months in the Scottish university system helped me see that education can be done in different ways

this was due less to Scottish-specific approaches than to the opportunity to compare & contrast with a differently-structured curriculum

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