Ian Livingstone Says Teachers "Sadly Not" Equipped for New ICT Curriculum

"Anyone reading this aged between 20 and 30 is bound to remember the relentless dullery of ICT classes. The most dreaded point in the school timetable (with the possible exception of swimming lessons) for most kids in the nineties and noughties. Learning about computers at school meant sitting, listening, while a vaguely bored man in a tie droned on about Excel and PowerPoint and other dull programs that everyone already knew how to use.

"The problem with school ICT lessons was that they prepared children for a limited and frankly uninspiring range of careers. Classes focused on office-based tasks like word processing and putting together spread sheets, rather than on creative and potentially more lucrative skills like programming and animation."

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