March 6, Mac consultant John Droz published his list of “What Apple Should Be Doing: Some Ideas on how to Prevent Schools Going to Dell,” and asked for input from Mac-using educators. He told MacCentral that he had received “hundreds of responses” to the list and is revising it into a finished version that he plans to title “What Apple Should Be Doing Now: Some Ideas How to Prevent Schools Going to PCs” and send to Apple.
Meanwhile, Droz has started
a Web site
that addresses the question, “Should our schools have Macs or PCs?” He said the impetus for all this recent actions started when his local K-12 school district decided in mid-2000 to “standardize on the Windows/PC platform.” A group of local citizens felt that this was very unfortunate from several perspectives and started working on reviewing the merits of this decision. Droz, was asked to be their spokesperson and Web site creator.
Although the information presented on his Web site is designed for schools, it’s also applicable for any business or individual who is making a Mac-PC decision, he said. Droz’s Web site addresses such “urban myths” as: Windows/PCs are cheaper than Macs; there’s no real difference between Macs and PCs; students need a Windows/PC experience; and more.