Tuesday, October 31, 2006

'Modern' education

Does anyone use the word 'modern' any more? It always makes me think of my parents excitedly buying one of the new, state-of-the-art melamine teasets at the end of the 50s. Just spotted Blair on his 'modernising' horse at the Euston Manifesto website:
"Technological change means that we can design lessons for children more personally than ever before."
It's such a stunted vision. Actually, technological development means that we could rip up our education system completely and turn it into one that helps children to ask good questions and to develop top-notch research skills. It means that children could be in charge of their own learning and follow their fascinations. New technology has brought the most astonishing set of resources to a screen near you. Oh, and it can also be used to 'design lessons'.


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