5179626687_0c40c7ab41_zLong delays expected in any sort of change

Statement to Parliament: GCSE in design and technology: delay in teaching

Further to its statement today that new Design and Technology GCSEs are now to be delayed a further year until first examination in 2019, the government has also announced that all new UK industrial and technological development will be delayed until the same date. As a result no new or upgraded TVs, mobiles, computers or any other technologically advanced products will now be made available to consumers until the summer of 2019.

This is in order to give ministers a chance to catch up on what is going on in the world today and to be able to prepare better informed spin, thus avoiding the sort of embarrassment that followed David Cameron’s recent quite impractical, crazy ‘cloud cuckoo land’ proposals to ban the use of certain social network apps.

Meanwhile between now and 2017, some one million children will be denied the chance to undertake a GCSE course in Design and Technology that is more appropriate to the 21st century than to the 19th and 20th – though this will not be a problem as the UK will have got correspondingly further and further behind the rest of the world.

These changes will ensure that the UK prepares students and businesses well for life in a slowly changing, largely backward-looking world“, Nick Glibb didn’t say as he completely failed to grasp the irony in his actual statement that change in educational provision was being slowed down to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

This will give us all that little bit more time to find a dictionary in order to find out what the word ‘Iterative’ means.” Glibb glibbly continued. “After all this approach to design was only identified by the Assessment of Performance Unit in the 1989, so by 2019 children will only be 30 years behind the time.”


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5 comments on “BROKEN NEWS…

  1. On the bright side, at least this is better than heading back into the 19th century at a rate of knots. One of the problems we have been fighting for the last few years is the determination to change things quickly without taking any notice of what anyone says. Lets make the most of the breathing space to ensure that what we end up with is what we need.

    • I agree it is important that we end up with what we need, but we also need to develop an education system for the future that is better able to respond to change at the same rate that the world is changing, otherwise it just gets further and further out of date?

    • The 19th century is indeed very interesting and, providing one had plenty of money, it would probably have been good to live in it. Unfortunately we now live in the 21st century…

  2. I needed a good belly laugh on a wet and miserable Friday afternoon. Thanks Tristram. 🙂
    On a more serious note, who decided the awarding bodies should manage the re-write, poacher and gamekeeper springs to mind. The groups needs a few young, professional designers and engineers from cutting edge companies and academics like Richard Kimbell to get the group thinking about better forms of assessment.

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