Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Blogging 'revolution' in UK schools

Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up
The Guardian

Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul the primary school curriculum, the Guardian has learned.

However, the draft plans will require children to master Twitter and Wikipedia and give teachers far more freedom to decide what youngsters should be concentrating on in classes.

The proposed curriculum, which would mark the biggest change to primary schooling in a decade, strips away hundreds of specifications about the scientific, geographical and historical knowledge pupils must accumulate before they are 11 to allow schools greater flexibility in what they teach. [...]

The proposals would require:

• Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication. They must gain "fluency" in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell. [...]

1 comment:

Ani said...

Why is this an either/or situation? I had a course in typing, but that didn't take the place of history. It's ridiculous to learn how to use blogs but not have anything worth saying. Somehow I don't think the Japanese and Chinese schools are handling it this way.