A major curriculum revamp for British schools reportedly institutes requirements for digital literacy while stripping out traditional requirements for cornerstone subjects including science, history and geography.

The proposals, leaked recently to the Guardian newspaper, would dramatically alter not only what British primary school children are taught but how they learn.

Instead of learning about the Victorian Era or the Second World War, British school kids will soon have to prove fluency in blogging, podcasting, Twitter and Wikipedia to graduate.

Where kids used to have to prove they could write and spell, the new curriculum will, instead, insist that they show proficiency in keyboarding and the use of a spell checker.

On what some would call the up side of the new curriculum, proposals include a reduction in the use of calculators in the schools and a greater emphasis on physical development, health and wellbeing.

The proposed curriculum changes are scheduled to be published officially later this spring.


TLP’s Cranky Man, Carter Drake, examines the implications, for the leaders of tomorrow, of the proposed changes in Britain’s primary school curriculum, in his featured column today…

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