Curiosity and Insight from Earlyarts Director and Guests
Well, I could be falling foul of a little senationalism on the Guardian's part, but am I the only one who is wondering if Jim Rose has ever actually used Twitter in anger? Why on earth is this the next big thing for the primary curriculum? I do have a twitter account which basically helps me and a few chosen friends keep up to speed with the latest developments in working life (or shamelessly use it as an advocacy / PR platform for our products). But generally we are all subscribed to various excellent blogs to develop our really deep thinking. And, frankly, not one of us are remotely interested in what the other one had for tea (unless its a recommendation) or where they got a good deal on six packets of bog roll (three-ply). Which is largely what Twitter enshrines outside of the professional community.
With the immense number of excellent, purposeful, high quality social media platforms available that help children to think creatively, develop knowledge and skills, engage them in learning about other stuff they didnt know they would be interested in, and generally help them achieve and aspire, who on earth thought that Twitter could compare? Are we done with climbing trees, building go-carts and sledges, making baskets, hoarding little treasures, knitting, and running around the woods with cape and dagger? Or perhaps kids could sit up a tree, enter their twitter response to the Victorians on their mobiles, and still be home in time for a healthy tea (six policies fulfilled - result!). Oops, I'll shut up now...