Computers will ruin kids’ handwriting skills, say UK experts

May 1st, 2009 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 01 (ANI): Plans to introduce computers in England’s primary school curriculum will ruin kids’ handwriting skills, experts have warned.

As per a government report by former chief schools inspector Sir Jim Rose, computers should be used in every lesson.

His review of the primary school curriculum said that Information and Communication Technology should be a ‘core skill’ alongside literacy and maths.

The reform proposals mean students could use Internet search engines during lessons.

And foreign language teachers might use video conferencing to link up with classes in other countries.

As per the plans, teachers would get extra training to stay one step ahead of ‘computer savvy’ pupils.

Rose said good computer skills are essential for people to play a full part in society in a digital world.

The review also proposed dramatically cutting the number of compulsory subjects, arranging them into six broad ‘areas of learning’ instead.

Rose suggested this would provide more flexibility and enable kids to apply their knowledge more widely.

However, critics suggest that introducing computers would ruin kids’ basic skills.

“When children’s basic standards of reading, writing and arithmetic are so low, it seems ridiculous for them to be spending more time on computers,” the Daily Express quoted Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, which lobbies for higher standards, as saying.

“Even to Google something you need to know the basics and what to look for,” Seaton added. (ANI)

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