Please indulge me while I let off steam re Gove's latest. As a governor in a particular kind of school (one where lots of the kids have literacy issues when they arrive etc) I feel battered by the activities of successive Ministers of Education.
His latest is that he is going to get rid of the current ICT (that is IT) curriculum and replace it with lots of programming. He has been listening to a geek I assume. This is great for a proportion of kids. Hurrah.
But imposing this on everyone (joy of national curriculum) ... So they are getting rid of teaching Word, Excel and Powerpoint - well employers in office based jobs are going to be delighted about that aren't they.
yes the quality of teaching in this area is not good in this area - but it is because you can't find teachers. We only cracked it by employing someone on a high salary (being made redundant cos local authorities have had to get rid of advisers) So who exactly is going to teach programming? I can promise you that schools are not littered with people that know about this. Including those currently teaching ICT.
And all this has to be accomplished by September. Piece of cake.