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Re: Re: An Open Source National curriculum
  • From: Colin McQueen <cmcqueen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 10:08:08 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <gemini.3fcc645500840bf40e4c%cmcqueen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Christopher Dawkins <cchd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>
> > I agree that many teachers of ICT (and hence their students) would
> > have considerable difficulty transferring their existing ICT skills
> > to alternative open-source applications. But why?
> >
> > Rather the non-portability of ICT skills as taught in schools and
> > elsewhere simply reflects the comparative immaturity of today's ICT
> > curriculum.
>
> True. It reflect training rather than education, though we aim for
> transferable skills in most other subjects. It's as if we were
> producing mechanics who can only service Ford cars, historians who
> know only the late Victorian period, artists who can paint only in
> charcoal, philosophers who know only Kant. All this is fine as a
> specialisation or in old age, but we are producing young people (and
> young teachers, defined for IT purposes as under the age of
> fifty-five) who are not only restricted in their range but - much
> worse - who are determined not to learn anything else.
>
But this is exactly the point of the KS3 National Strategy ICT strand.
To increase the rigour of knowledge and understanding. The move is away
from training to education. I applaud the effort.

--
Colin McQueen


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