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IT should be at heart of national curriculum, says report

Discussion in 'News' started by wagnerk, May 1, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    IT should be at heart of national curriculum, says report

    Children leaving primary school should be "independent and confident" users of IT by the time they are 11 years old, a review into the future curriculum for primary schools in England has concluded.

    ICT should be a core subject alongside maths and English, the review by former Ofsted chief Jim Rose recommends.

    "Even now, a reasonable grasp of ICT is needed in education and employment, and it will become increasingly important to command ICT skills to prepare for technologies of the future," said the report.

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    1. nugget
      And what happens if the kids want to be plumbers, carpenters, painters etc or any one of a hundred other jobs that don't need any computing knowledge? The way things are going the western world will be full of highly specialised computer using workers all sitting behind a pc and a desk with no-one trained to do anything else.

      If the kids are interested, they will learn it for themselves. I'd rather see an increased effort in the core subjects like maths and english. Honestly, the school systems today are turning out kids that can't add 2 and 3 together without a calculator or they can barely write their own name.
    2. wagnerk
      You've got that right. You have some kids entering secondary school with Reading / writting skills of a five year old. I'm not saying that IT shouldn't be included (as IT in practically in all sectors now) however the emphasis should be on getting the basics right and the kids enjoying their time at that point in life, imo :)

    3. Jiser
      At one of my last jobs at an Infant School as an I.T. Tech, I.T. was being used all round pretty dam good IMO. 4-7 year olds were using computers pretty well considering ages and using 'movie maker' type apps which are still being taught at GCSE level in our senior schools - shocking.

      It was also great to see I.C.T being used across the whole board at Junior and Infant level.

      I agree that I.T. should be @ the heart!!
    4. simongrahamuk
      Yet in another report it says that kids are spending as much as six hours a day sat in front of a computer. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8049610.stm

      Where is the consistency?

      I agree that most kids these days are IT literate and know their way around a computer better than most adults, but why does this need to be at the 'heart' of their learning?

      Aparently kids don't read anymore? They don't read books anymore, but if they're spending six hours a day sat infront of a pc then what are they doing? playing RPG's? or reading websites?

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