It was interesting to see some of the education twitterverse today. From elation and smugness with the reversal and changes to proposals around GCSEs, to frustration and annoyance about the opening of the consultation on the draft National Curriculum … and then you hit the screams of joy or unbelief after ICT is slapped for a rename to Computing.
Now, let’s get one thing straight. The delivery of ICT goes from the wonderfully creative and engaging to the inane box ticking … and there can be a place for box ticking actually, but not how some folk do it within education.
Poor teaching is poor teaching. The idea that an important element of working with computers, including deep changes to knowledge and skills, was needed to be put back in had very few people disagreeing.
There has been some frustration about how some of this has been managed though, and how the interests of some groups seem to have pushed others out … a little bit of politics and a bit of Politics really. The agendas of some groups have ended up with a consultation that has, at times, excluded others … and if we consider that Naace (The ICT Subject association) members that have been leading the way on this … then it should not surprise anyone when Naace members get annoyed. I know I am. I am also a member of the BCS and yet they have done little for recognising the career and progression of my profession, those working in IT in education. It is a shame when the agendas of some stamp all over others … and the really sad thing is that most of the folk involved in those groups are not doing it intentionally … they are fighting for the same goals, but things get twisted around, certain businesses have their say and you just get that sinking feeling that we will be having similar conversations in 5, 10 and 15 years.
I put out a series of tweets earlier to express my initial feelings and to try to pass a message to others.
The name change from ICT is part curriculum need, part branding / marketing / spin and part politics (at both Gov’t and interest group level)
Considering the amount of cross-over with some of the interest groups I have a feeling a number of friendships are getting strained
For those doing great things under the umbrella of ICT, keep going. The snobbery against it will disappear over time … and we will all win
If you do poor things under the umbrella of ICT then this is a wake up call … and we hope things improve
But a Plato those enthusing about Computing … please don’t deride those doing great things as ICT, or allow others to do so!
Politics is a fickle thing … you never know when those in power will turn against you.
I hope this sums everything up for you …
Play nicely, play fairly, share and don’t let others tell your friends that they are not good teachers / educators / techies when you know they are!