It was when looking at the latter curriculum that I was struck by what is missing. Core Knowledge, or at least its UK form, appears to make only a few references to technology - Tim Berners-Lee gets a mention in Y6 science and data handling features in mathematics - but, there is little sense that cultural literacy in the 21st Century might include technological or digital literacy. Surely, an approach to curriculum making that values factual knowledge would expect informed 21st Century citizens to know something about the technology that surrounds them and underpins the functioning of society? If facts are all important, then a warning about the status of facts on Wikipedia might be useful? If Time-Berners Lee gets a mention, then what about Ted Nelson or Douglas Engelbart or Alan Turing? Shouldn't we know what happens across networks when we click the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button on Google? Or is cultural literacy actually about the past rather than the present?
And the title of this post - of course the culturally literate will recognise it.