Twittering 'to be taught in schools'Primary school kids will learn to blog, not war

25 March 2009

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Primary school kids should soon be learning how to master Twitter and Wikipedia instead of history if plans to change the curriculum go ahead.

Former Ofsted chief Sir Jim Rose will present the recommendations for revamping the primary curriculum to ministers next month. It’s thought he will recommend that children need a greater understanding of information technology such as blogging,  podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter by the time they go to secondary school.

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The Guardian reported that, under the proposals, schools will no longer be required to teach Victorian history or the Second World War but can still opt to include them. Schools Minister Jim Knight said: ‘Sir Jim Rose's report has not been completed let alone published yet – but we are already getting stories about dropping this or removing that from the curriculum.’

‘The bottom line is that we are working with experts to free up the curriculum in a way that teachers have asked us to do but British history has, and always will be, a core part of education in this country.’

Ministers will formally respond to Sir Jim's proposals when they are published next month.

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