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01:21 pm - ICT fiasco
Oh, what a surprise. ICT in schools has suffered a serious decline of late. Britain is falling behind its competitors. The curriculum is rubbish. Teachers don't have the skills. Nobody knows what equipment to buy.

Gosh it's almost like Michael Gove abolished the agency which advised schools on ICT, and scrapped the new ICT curriculum a few weeks before it was going to come into use.

I am an ICT in education expert. I've been working in this field for more than twenty years. I don't do it any more. If I was the only person who had lost their job, that wouldn't matter. You chuck everyone out, you suddenly got a hole in your education system.

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From:tehomet
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
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*shakes fist*

It's only the technology of the future. Why would any schoolchild need to learn that?
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
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I am on a rant at the moment aren't I? I just got in from work and sat down to post about something nice and cuddly. Then I saw this and - boy, it makes me cross.
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From:steepholm
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
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What is the plural of 'fiasco'? I have a feeling this may be a regular series...
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From:lamentables
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
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'fiasces', pronounced 'faeces'?
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
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That's gotta be it
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Tehomet, there is a long post on Crooked Timber about the irish financial crisis today

http://crookedtimber.org/2011/12/13/exit-voice-loyalty-and-something-else/

I think the poster, Niamh, is an academic at UC Dublin.

The whole thing is slightly hard for me to follow, but there seems to be a lot of meaty ideas in there.
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From:tehomet
Date:December 24th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the link. I wouldn't have seen that article otherwise. I read it and am simultaneously more educated and more depressed about Ireland's financial blight.
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From:hano
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhh. It's the sheer short sighted ideological go fuck yourselves stupidity of Gove and co that drives almost insane with rage.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I sometimes think I was an idiot not to take the job working for that lot. Then I realise it would have been terrible.
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From:happytune
Date:December 14th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I think you would have been expected to betray your core values. Every day. I would never condemn anyone for doing what they need to do to bring the bacon home (or tofu in our case), but I still think it would have been difficult. While it might be quite interesting to write an alternative universe short story about civil-servant-in-tory-led-government-communicator, I'm not too sure how the real version would sleep at night.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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What about those findings I quoted. Can you believe it? And it's like everyone has forgotten that it was a deliberate decision.
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From:happytune
Date:December 15th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
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It reminded me heavily of those occasions when there'd be some meeting that I thought went badly in terms of the understanding of the non-our-work people attending, and then we'd get back to the office and the senior people would say 'We had a really excellent meeting, and the non-our-work people are completely in synergy (or whatever ghastly phrase was popular at the time) with us.' And you'd look back and ask yourself whether you were at a totally different meeting, or in a parallel universe or something. Extraordinarily sieve-like memories, some people...or just a very deep desire to reinterpret almost every event in a personally favourable light, because the alternative is unthinkable.
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From:lamentables
Date:December 14th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)

saw this and thought of you

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Just seen on Twitter: Those who say "I love you" is the most beautiful three word phrase in English are overlooking the aesthetic glory of "sharks devour Gove".

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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)

Re: saw this and thought of you

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A girl can dream
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From:hano
Date:December 14th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)

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it would give the sharks indigestion and I don't want to be seen as party to animal cruelty. What about something involve a spit, a hot fire and something terribly slow? Perhaps as a sideshow to the cancer patients who get to control the voltage on the wires taped to IDS's genitals.
Holy to fuck, we need a revolution in this country while there's still a country to save.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)

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My boss said to me the other day 'I suppose you want to overthrow capitalism' (we were discussing economics). I said, no I want to keep it going as long as possible, because the transition is going to be so violent and horrible. But I think the people in charge are behaving recklessly with the system that they benefit from the most. It's like they want it to fail.
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From:espresso_addict
Date:December 15th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
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What's the betting that the next on the block is Ofsted, for daring to find schools wanting. They've already abolished the equivalent vetting service for residential care/nursing homes.

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