With a new education bill just published and a curriculum review announced, these appear to be exciting times of change in education. The omens do not look good for a technology-embedded curriculum, however. Where the Rose review put ICT in a position of some prominence as an 'Essential for Learning and Life', the current Education Secretary seems to view technology as a peripheral concern and even a distraction from serious learning about phonics, tables and the kings and queens of England! A 1950s view of the curriculum seems hardly suited to the digital natives of the 21st Century, but we seem to be harking back to a mythical golden age of factual learning where technology played no part because it did not exist. It is interesting that an article in the TES last week seemed to undermine some of the international comparisons that are being used to justify change to a more content-led curriculum. Apparently, in Hong Kong, teachers use 'an issue-based enquiry method to teach students how to think and analyse". Isn't that what we have been doing in the UK for the past 20 years?
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.