Online opinion

30th November 2012 at 00:00
Readers respond to articles on the tess website

Heads call for less rigidity over exam choices (23 November)

- Headteachers are only bowing to council pressure to cut costs and not following Education Scotland guidelines. Having options at the end of S2, and again at the end of S3, and reducing from eight Standard grades to six Nationals will mean fewer staff needed in schools, so councils can cut costs.


- Agree with the above poster. More teachers are starting to view CfE as the primarification of secondaries to save staffing costs.


ICT is trans-formational but not the be-all and end-all (16 November)

- Oh dear, what an ignorant lot are running our education system. The table (in the article) says it all - 100 computing teachers lost from our schools in five years. No need for computing teachers really because RM and Microsoft will sort it all for us (not). We need our pupils to become real experts in computing science, true masters of the technology, not gluttonous consumers of ICT temporarily satisfied only until the next fad appears. Pupils need to be taught hard computing science skills such as programming so that they can see how entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg and Torvalds did what they did. Pupils should be taught on open-source systems rather than having RM and Microsoft shoved down their throats to the exclusion of all else.


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