I would say not. My own personal feeling is that projects assigned to students should be things that can (and must) be completed using materials available in the school. Otherwise the students from wealthy families have an advantage over others at project time.
Originally Posted by LazerFlash
This might be an interesting time to challenge some of those assumptions. kkrapf and I do not have MS Office at home, only OpenOffice. If the instructions are really specific to MS products, I'd be only too happy to engage in a little parent advocacy. (Our kids' teachers are gonna hate me anyway, we might as well get the ball rolling early on that one.)
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams