Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Whiteboard v Blackboard
Apparently there is a new phenomenon sweeping our schools these days. Enter the 'Interactive Whiteboard'. This is the latest piece of wizardy designed to make learning in the classroom easier for today's up and coming Einsteins.
According to this article, they are not as popular and brilliant a conception that was first thought. Out of curiosity, I Googled 'Whiteboard' and discovered that they are not "cheap as chips". Far from it. They are bloody expensive.
What is wrong with the tried and tested blackboard and chalk? Call me an old fart if you like, but it presents the facts just like these new fangled whiteboards at a fraction of the cost. Does this mean that today's little angels can no longer expect a well aimed chalk smacking them between the eyes? No more blackboard rubber bouncing off their delicate craniums? Alas, I think the nanny police are at work once more.
When we have reached the age of kids sharing books, if indeed they have any at all, how can the expense of these state of the art gizmo's be justified?
Just another example of the world gone mad in the nanny state currently called England.
N.B. Are we allowed to call it a whiteboard, or indeed the old blackboard? Surely this implies racist tendencies?