Tomlinson recommends a tripartite 14 to 19 functional core: numeracy, literacy, and computer technology. Does, I wonder, the notion of functional numeracy and literacy acknowledge that the few pennyworth of silicon underpinning functional ICT has mechanised the mental operations of getting sums right and producing legible, correct and grammatical writing? If functional ICT can do this for our 14 to 19-year-olds, wherein lies functional numeracy and literacy?
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