UK Schools Dumping History For Twitter, Wikipedia & PodcastsMar 25th, 2009 | By James Lewin | Category: Commentary, General
The Guardian reports that UK primary schools may soon dump studying things like the Second World War and the Victorians in favor of Twitter, Wikipedia and podcasts:
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 teach.
The proposed curriculum requires children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication. They must gain “fluency” in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.
While having kids study new media in primary schools makes sense, it’s also likely that anything they learn now will be obsolete long before they graduate.
Is it time to dump history for new media? Or do you think that schools should stick to the basics?