This is my kind of news! I just read that primary school pupils in the UK might be learning how to work Twitter and Wikipedia. This is according to UK MSN. The report, published today, says that “former Ofsted chief Sir Jim Rose will present recommendations for revamping the primary curriculum to ministers next month.”
The reason for this? Sir Jim Rose says that children should understand the inner workings of information technology by the time they reach secondary school. Aside from Twitter and Wikipedia, he included blogging and podcasting in his list. More than this, however, he is also proposing that some history need not be required as part of the curriculum. This means that schools may opt not to teach about the Victorian Era or the Second World War, but if they do decide to include these topics, it should be just fine.
My reactions? Of course I am happy that the authorities are seeing the value of information technology.Wouldn’t it be cool to have young kids using Twitter? I am not so sure as to how Twittering would benefit very young kids, however. As for Wikipedia, I can see how this works out easily. I am even pretty sure that it is already being used by a lot of school kids to do research.
I am concerned about overlooking important historical events, however. I don’t believe that these topics should be passed over for information technology. Can’t they be taught at the same time? What do you think?