PRIME MINISTER Julia Yabby -- the meat's in her tail, the crap in her head -- has added yet another dubious triumph to her growing list.
At Quadrant Online, a diplomatically anonymous teacher explains how that laptop-for-ever-child thing is working out.
Short summary: It isn't.
And while you are over there, why not take out a subscription? Quadrant gets better with every latest issue.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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There is an old movie called "Stand and Deliver" where a maths grad was called in to teach computing to a class in a disadvantaged ghetto school, but the computers didn't arrive, so he taught them 'chalk and talk' serious maths including calculus. Their overall SAT scores went through the roof, and they were all hauled up for cheating, because no-one believed a ghetto school could produce such results (no-one had even tried to get them into maths previously). The movie was based on a true event and teacher.ReplyDelete
Julia's computer nonsense shows how little she really knows about education, and the Quadrant tale suggests that with computers and loony plans, what can go wrong will go wrong.
I think the problems with these "free" computers in Qld is worse. There, the loan computers are free, but the student's parents have to pay $1,000 for the recommended software package. Parents who complained saying they could buy their child their own computer with software for less than the requested $1,000 have been told not to bother, it's only the school issued computers which will be allowed.ReplyDelete
So much for the "free" computers.
U2 Albo? is.gd/nLzITbReplyDelete
Pardon me for failing to keep to the script, but at the bottom of the Quadrant link, there is a button to allow a printable version.ReplyDelete
How would the 'unprintable version' read?
Best kept for the sealed section, maybe?Delete
Hi Prof , Thanks for the reminder on the Quadrant subs. OUAT I used to have it delivered by snail mail. I think it's important to support publications or services of merit with a little do re mi. Quadrant is a fine read and I wouldn't want to feel like a bludger.ReplyDelete
This could have been predicted at the launch of the Edjacation Revolution when Rudd held up a laptop declaring it to be the "toolbox" of the 21st century. It fitted perfectly that the laptop was not powered on.ReplyDelete
Are the two links in this item supposed to go to the same article?
Yes, Kae, they are are. As links are sustainable, I thought it OK to splurge.Delete