The much heralded Bonfire of the Quangos has been lit! The first sacrifice is Becta – government agency leading on adoption of technology in learning. Having worked at Becta some years ago I have a view on how such a body – with the right staff team – really can make a difference on the ground.
The controversy over their role – especially around open source – has been voiced elsewhere but we can only mourn the loss of a focus which the agency provided for the work of making sure technology is used well with learners.
It is almost 10 years to the day since I started working at Becta alongside Fred Garnett his blog on the demise of Becta is well worth reading
I have to say that this piece is Fred at his best – he has that wonderful ability to combine in one piece being visionary, provocative, inspirational and plain wrong (in my opinion !) . Take a look!