Thursday, October 13, 2005

More technology, please

A report by the British Curriculum Authority (I like the name) says that students in English classes need to use more technology to be ready for the 21st Century workplace.

No doubt there will be growing pains as teachers and administrators struggle to adapt curriculum to a rapidly changing world. But sometimes I think these things are overblown. As with most skills, kids in the middle and upper classes will pick up these technologies easily because they are in their homes. A little instruction wouldn't hurt, but it's probably not so critical.

Where exposure to technology is desperately needed is with the poor. But then, needs are generally higher with the poor. From the BBC report about the recommendations made by the Curriculum Authority, there doesn't seem to be any mention of targeting resources to lower and lower-middle class schools to insure that disadvantaged kids have a chance. That's a shame.

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