This current term for the kid in school now includes a “special” titled Technology (last term the special was Music). I asked if he meant ‘computers’ and he said quite emphatically, “No.” Okay then … it’s Technology.
The class just started before the Christmas break … And what has the class been doing?
Creating newsletters with Microsoft Publisher.
Thinking that this might be a prelude to something more, I asked what the teacher’s plans were for the class.
The gist is that this class will use pretty much only the applications found on the computers – limited to Powerpoint, Word and Publisher. So, the plans are to learn how to create presentations, write reports, and create newsletters.
What about using the web? – Nope
Learning about the issues of privacy with tech and the Internet? – Nope
Social networking? – Nope
This is not a class about technology! WTF?!??!?
Assuming that the other kids are very much like my own … these kids are online constantly (via My Space, or playing any number of online games like Runescape or World of Warcraft or Dungeon Runners).
They do not need to learn how to use a computer – that’s already a given! And they certainly do not need to learn how to use an application to create a digital version of an analog technology … use Publisher to create a newsletter which is then printed … are you kidding me?!?
My tax dollars hard at work …