[ubuntu-uk] EDM179

Dave Ewart davee at sungate.co.uk
Sun Dec 24 22:08:42 GMT 2006

On Sunday, 24.12.2006 at 20:34 +0000, Phil Bull wrote:

> > This is the problem.
> > 
> > The kids are *not* being *taught* about word processors,
> > spreadsheets or databases.  They are being *trained* to use MS Word,
> > MS Excel, MS Access etc.
> > 
> > That's a very different thing, in my opinion, and not at all good.
> Learning *about* word processors and spreadsheets has little value to
> employers - learning to *use* them is much more valuable, and I think
> that's where the focus has been placed.

School is not simply about learning things of value to possible, future
employers, though, surely?  Education should have a much wider scope
than that.

By the time my daughters (currently aged 2 and 5) enter the job market,
the IT landscape will be totally different.  Learning to use MS Word
won't be relevant.  Having a good all-round computing appreciation and
understanding *will* be of benefit.

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