I still believe in the old saying......Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.
Man, you're absolutely right. Education is so overrated.
Sorry, I just utterly despise that quote. I've had great teachers and pathetically unsuited teachers. It's like every working world entry I've run into: every job has its great people and its losers.
I agree, but I also know that because of past controversies many schools are using modifications and settings on their browser software in order to restrict internet access and keep kids away from porn, etc. If you allow kids to show up with their own browser, you might as well not bother blocking IE.
We aren't talking about a college here, it's a high school junior. A high school junior who refused to follow the teacher's directions to use the school supplied materials.
I'm hoping this is why it played out the way it did, but unfortunately I suspect it probably was more due to draconian ignorance.