ICT belongs at the curricular core

29th May 2009 at 01:00

Michael Todd surely defeats his own argument in his letter, "We need science, not more ICT" (May 15).

Of course a computer is a "tool" and "learning aid" - that is why it is vital that ICT is part of the core curriculum. I applaud this proposal as I believe sound educational practice should always be based on what is pedagogically right for the child's development, not on what some believe is politically right for the current economy.

For decades, most have agreed that the core of any curriculum should be "reading, writing and arithmetic". This is based on the recognition that to develop our knowledge of any subject (including science), we have to be able to perform well in these basic skills using tools such as books, paper, pencils and calculators. Now, in the 21st century, we must add the skill of ICT and a new set of technological tools. Their impact has been as significant as the invention of the printing press.

They require the same status as literacy and numeracy whereas, pedagogically, there is no reason why science - valid as it is - should be afforded treatment different from any other foundation subjects.

Zena Martin, Associate lecturer, Belmont, Lancashire.

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