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Gove knows so much about ICT.

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by thescarletimposter, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Like a stroppy teenager, Mikey Gove put his feet up on the desk and
    declared "Ere this is soooo boring!" as his considered opinion on the
    teaching of ICT in all schools in England and Wales.
    "Technology in schools will no longer be micro-managed by Whitehall.
    By withdrawing the Programme of Study, we're giving teachers freedom
    over what and how to teach, revolutionising ICT as we know it. "


    Quite right. It won't be micro-managed. It will be Micro-soft. Gove is
    proposing that schools should use teaching materials which promote
    Microsoft and Google.


    It is usually the case that when government ministers threaten to
    "reform" something, they are going to reform it the same way the
    iceberg "reformed" the Titanic. In this case the DFE mean they won't
    run ICT on behalf of the corporations, they will let the corporations
    like Microsoft and Google run ICT directly. For Microsoft education is
    a chance to make a fast buck. For Google, everything is a chance to
    acquire information on consumers so they can target advertising at
    them.


    Microsoft Office is available at a special educational price of £99.99
    per unit with additional costs for upgrades. Open source alternatives
    like Open Office are available free.. The upgrades are free too.


    And if Gove seriously wanted pupils to be involved in developing
    software he would be promoting open source software where the code is
    publicly available. This is far more educational than Microsoft which
    protects its code as a "business secret".
     
  2. Like a stroppy teenager, Mikey Gove put his feet up on the desk and
    declared "Ere this is soooo boring!" as his considered opinion on the
    teaching of ICT in all schools in England and Wales.
    "Technology in schools will no longer be micro-managed by Whitehall.
    By withdrawing the Programme of Study, we're giving teachers freedom
    over what and how to teach, revolutionising ICT as we know it. "


    Quite right. It won't be micro-managed. It will be Micro-soft. Gove is
    proposing that schools should use teaching materials which promote
    Microsoft and Google.


    It is usually the case that when government ministers threaten to
    "reform" something, they are going to reform it the same way the
    iceberg "reformed" the Titanic. In this case the DFE mean they won't
    run ICT on behalf of the corporations, they will let the corporations
    like Microsoft and Google run ICT directly. For Microsoft education is
    a chance to make a fast buck. For Google, everything is a chance to
    acquire information on consumers so they can target advertising at
    them.


    Microsoft Office is available at a special educational price of £99.99
    per unit with additional costs for upgrades. Open source alternatives
    like Open Office are available free.. The upgrades are free too.


    And if Gove seriously wanted pupils to be involved in developing
    software he would be promoting open source software where the code is
    publicly available. This is far more educational than Microsoft which
    protects its code as a "business secret".
     
  3. The reason Gove is a convert to Computer Science is that CAS and so many individual teachers (myself included) have lobbied MPs to make the change. Gove was a late convert
    <font face="Times New Roman">The opposite is true. MS gives away its software development tools for free. They want kids to learn their technologies so have every incentive to do so.</font><font face="Times New Roman">All firms that want to employ IT professionals have a stake in education hence the support of so many businesses for the CAS campaign. </font>
     
  4. The 3 firms that need IT professionals have a stake in bringing people in from India at half the cost of a British worker.
    The thousands that need people with MS Office skills will now also look to the same place.
     

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