This morning I came across (on yet another mailing list) a response to
the UK proposal to integrate 21st century communication skills into
the elementary curriculum. ....
> Actually given the way kids are adapting to and using computers and
> mobile units, at least those who have them, they very likely will
> have these skills when they *enter* school. In lieu of knowing the
> biography of Prince Albert.
>> Blogging / Podcasting / Twitter / Wikipedia - The Future Of (UK)
>> Children will no longer have to study the Victorians ...
>> However, the draft plans will require children to master Twitter
>> and Wikipedia ... [lots cut out]
Kids who may not yet be able to "write" their own name with a crayon
- drive speedy cars arround their PS2
- lead Mario through a world of GB/DS/Lite
- reprogram the satellite DVR to get their favorite program recorded
- manage cell phone calls
- probably even send text messages (no wonder the spelling is so
bad :) )
Actually, the games I know about are all a year or two old, so I've no
IDEA what today's games are for kids, but I do know that the next DS/
Lite will be web enabled using the home's wifi ... and that soon the
iPhone / iPod will be the prime challenger for that audience ...
Somehow the idea that keyboarding skiils and web page decoding skills
will meet 21st century needs just strikes me as inadequate. (To be
truthful, the issues are only somewhat different than the ones schools
faced a century ago ... )