|Literacy, Numeracy and Computeracy|
(for Principals & ICT Directors)
This is the first of a 2-part editorial reviewing the roles of ICT managers and directors in schools. This part discusses what ICT means for education while the second will suggest how senior school managers could carry out that role in their school. Part two will appear in the February 2007 issue of this newsletter.
To begin, let us quote the following comments by an English historian Paul Johnson as published in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of the Institute of Directors (New Zealand). "The demands of ordinary people are not exorbitant. They want all children to read, to read easily, accurately and sustainedly; to form, if possible, the habit of reading and acquire the taste for good literature. They want all children to be taught to write, legibly, fluently and grammatically, to acquire a reasonably wide vocabulary and to spell correctly. They want all children to be numerate and to handle proficiently the elementary instruments of a modern electronic society… And, not least, they want the schools to provide for all children a moral education: to instil, not just directly and specifically but through all the school's structures and procedures, clear distinctions between right and wrong, good and evil, decent behaviour and wickedness."