[Air-L] The Guardian: Blogging / Podcasting / Twitter / Wikipedia - The Future Of (UK) Education?

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at iastate.edu
Sat Mar 28 10:25:00 PDT 2009



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The Guardian: Blogging / Podcasting / Twitter / Wikipedia - The Future
Of (UK) Education? 


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




The papers seen by the Guardian are draft plans for the detailed content
of each of six core "learning areas" that Rose is proposing should
replace the current 13 standalone subject areas. 


The proposals would require:


* Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts,
Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of
communication. [snip]




The six core areas are: understanding English, communication and
languages, mathematical understanding, scientific and technological
understanding, human, social and environmental understanding,
understanding physical health and wellbeing, and understanding arts and




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