Where the Becta closure fits in the ConDem education policies

Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, May 25, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Graham Attwell with some nice logic behind the closure of Becta. "The closure probably reflects wider ConDem policies. One is the conservative myth that somehow if we return to old fashioned rote learning... then somehow school standards will improve... The second is a movement towards privatising education."

Attwell concludes, "Of course there will be continued development of educational technology. But expect to see less emphasis on research. Expect to see less concern over the learner experience. Expect to see less concern over support for lower achieving students. Expect to see contracts placed with the friends of Academy directors in this brave new free world. And expect to see a widening of the class division in the provision of education."
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