Education has been high on the political agenda in recent weeks although the issue of highspeed broadband (which is integral to the re-imagining of schooling) seems to have dropped off the radar.
Economists and educators all agree that broadband cannot be an optional preference in a knowledge age. The speed and robustness of our instrastructure will seperate economies and push the boundaries of schooling as we know it. In South Korea ‘ultra high-speed’ is a given. Its government is committed to ‘edutopia’ which has seen 10,000 schools connected to the net and teachers and classrooms given PCs. This investment is driving innovation and their economy.
Politicians of all persuasions must view highspeed broadband in the same way as water or transport. If we are to utilise the vast array of virtual educational, informational and networking tools available, we must not only provide affordable and equitable access but high-speed access.
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait five years!