The Science area currently groups outcomes under three headings:
- Our living world: including
- the diversity of living things, the uniqueness of being human and the importance of cells
- Our material world: including
- uses and properties of materials, sustainability, the chemistry of life processes and the applications of chemistry in society
- Our physical world: including
- harnessing and using energy sources, motion and travel on land, sea, air and space
- the development of communication systems.
Following the May meeting, we put forward a suggestion that there should be a fourth heading - Our digital world. I think this is a great idea and we are continuing to develop what we mean by this and to offer justifications for its inclusion. Although, I fear that the Curriculum for Excellence train has left the station and that it may already be too late to make changes like this, I think the discussion and debate about the addition of a fourth heading is still worthwhile.
One of the other aspects we discussed at this follow up meeting reflected Chris Stephenson's comment that Computing teachers were not just shooting themselves in the foot, but in the head. Somehow we seem to have taken a subject that should be fascinating, challenging and exciting and turned it into something that bores teenagers. Unbelievable! However, one of the people attending the meeting said that part of the problem was that most of the things that would fascinate and engage are banned in schools: mobile phones - banned; digital cameras and photo sharing websites - banned; instant messaging - banned; wikis and podcasts and blogs (oh my!) - banned; social websites (bebo, myspace, facebook etc.) - banned. The list goes on. He remarked:
Digital World? - It's more like Forbidden Planet!
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