I know it is a strong statement. But if someone wants to learn something they should learn from someone who never exhibits his/her preferences and priorities in teaching.
After reading his classless blog, I felt that he may not have required qualities of a teacher. His opening paragraph in that rant says one can’t use Windows 8 easily. Hello, there are videos that show a 3 year old operating Windows 8 easily.
He claims Microsoft had chance to study Android and implement Back button. Hello Mr. Greenspun Microsoft Windows has Windows key even before Android was formed. You claim that you are expert in XP, Windows Vista or 7 and I don’t know how did you miss that. Windows 8 Tablets must have a Windows button. That takes them to Start Screen. If you think Google invented back button on the screen, you are completely wrong. Back button on mobile devices was there even before Android formed. Google took some cues from iPhone after it bought Android system and prior to that it was replica of Blackberry interface. If you want to teach your students your preferences, and personal choices at least make sure that the facts are right.
if you read his blogs, you realize he prefers Google technologies over anything and uses them while teaching. I really don’t care about his personal choices and preferences in his private life. But as an academic personality one should not exhibit personal preferences. If someone shows personal priorities, then it will not be professional. That’s what my engineering education and profession taught me.
His current rant about Microsoft Windows 8 headline itself tells that he is a classless man. Do you share something you don’t like to a person whom you don’t like? That’s not what Christmas is for. Christmas is to spread love and peace without any personal attachments and choices. Christmas is for sharing.
His blogs tell that he taught at MIT. My understand is that one of the qualities of a teacher must be not showing bias or preferences. A teacher must not have bias or (s)he shouldn’t express it out even if (s)he has. Do you accept a teacher who has preferences towards one party and exhibits it out always while teaching Government or AP Government to your kids? His blog made me to think that Fox channel is right. Like our government doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, we shouldn’t talk to the guys who show bias in their professional life. If we talk to them, they feel their agenda is right. Just ignore them and move past. I would hesitate to recommend anyone to take his classes even if he is an expert teacher. I would feel his students learn only one side of the story.
PS: Neither I know him nor he knows me. I come to this conclusion after reading his blogs and some of the comments made by FOSS supporters there. I don’t question his teaching skills and he may not show his personal preferences in his class. But his blogs are saying otherwise.
Now please tell me would you recommend anyone to take a class of a very expert teacher who lacks taste and exhibits personal preferences and biases to his/her students?