Adam D’Souza – ‘The Next Generation Of Tech Talent Needs To Be Educated In History, Classics And Languages’

No comments yet October 2014. The new national curriculum has just launched in England’s primary schools. Its critics claim that it is neo-Victorian and old-fashioned in the face of a changing world.
That there is growing “skills gap” is irrefutable. But we are at a turning point and the decisions we make will affect our society for generations to come. The study of literature or history, and the encouragement this gives to forming one’s personal views will help the builders of new digital systems.

Such is the pace of innovation that it is impossible to predict what technologies will be crucial to the economy in three years, let alone 10-15 when today’s primary school pupils will be entering the jobs market.
This is the fatal flaw in the utilitarian educational approach identified by Hywel Jones, headmaster of the West London Free School. At a conference last week on the liberal arts, Mr Jones stated his ambition to teach “the best that has been thought and said”.

No government initiative or improved teacher training can conjure up more time in the classroom. If we allocate limited hours to teaching ultimately useless skills, we will end up with a society outgunned by our neighbours.

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