Twitter to Replace World History in England Schools

By Rachel Cernansky | March 25, 2009 5:35 pm

facebook.jpgLove ’em or hate ’em, social networking tools are growing faster than anyone can keep track of, and are being used plenty of unexpected ways.

Some developments are questionably beneficial, like new education standards in England that may require students to learn to use online tools like Twitter and Wikipedia, while scrapping history. Who needs a textbook to teach the Second World War when you can learn about it from a user-generated encyclopedia?

Other ideas have ambition, like Nokia’s investment in a California startup that will allow cell phones to act, essentially, like credit cards. Now, the developed world may not need additional forms of credit, but in countries where people often lack bank accounts, the ability to use prepaid phone credit as cash—or to transfer funds for a loan to a friend, for example—will facilitate transactions and a lot of everyday life.

For people new to networking sites like Facebook, the hilarious Facebook survival guide helps adults acclimate to their new social environment. It offers advice like: “If you don’t care about the jerky details of Jerkwad’s summer ‘vacay,’ don’t make Jerkwad a friend.” It also recommends using judgment in what news you decide to announce online: “Your sainted Grandma never threw wide the shutters and bellowed, ‘What up haters? I’m pregnant!’ to the assembled townfolk, now did she?”

In the real world, then, it would probably be frowned upon for prison officers and inmates to be Facebook “friends.” But that’s just the reason 27-year-old Nathan Singh was dismissed from his position at a British prison.

Another Facebook no-no? Announcing your divorce via your status update—though that didn’t stop England’s Neil Brady, whose wife Emma learned he wanted a divorce when a friend called her after reading the following on Neil’s profile page: “Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady.”

Granted, Emma is now free to post ample pictures of her hot twenty-something boyfriends.

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  • Nova Terata

    I <3 studying History. I'm reading The Baroque Cycle right now and love looking up all the Persons of Quality on Wikipedia. I have to say, after running the Trivia board at the Caribou Coffee across from Emory University, nobody was paying attention in High School, so Bravo Britain! I'll hoard my gnosis, thank you, and sell it at a premium when nobody even knows the history of recent pop culture

  • United StarMinds International

    Re: “while scrapping history” and “user-generated encyclopedia?”

    Twitter and WikiPedia are great tools, each has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Like everything in life we must ensure a sense of balance is maintained in all that we do.
    Too much Twittering is not good for the Mind or Fingers just like too much food is not good for the body!

    WikiPedia is a fantastic too for research, but again it is only as good as the DATA that it contains. Much of the data is user generated, so is there a Quality Control Department in place? Scrapping history is not the right wording, yes perhaps for the Wars! History holds an immense amount of knowledge for young minds, that once you get on WikiPedia your sense of adventure for more knowledge on interesting topics i.e. Sciences, Philosophers, Astronomers and tapping into the Great Minds that ever lived, is really easy to skim through because the hotlinks are perfect. You have the ability to really understand history and evolution of mankind with a click of a button that would typically take many books to dig through!

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