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Prince Charles has been making education headlines all over the place. When he hasn't been complaining that young people are too uppity nowadays, he has criticised the "disproportionate" use of new technology in the classroom. At the Association of Colleges' conference in Bimingham he said that passion for a subject could not be replaced by computer-driven modules, and that education was becoming too utilitarian. The heir to the throne has a point. But, again, he comes across as stuck in a time warp. Computers are part of our lives, and educating people for work is vital. In the old days, to which the Prince harks back, too many people received poor schooling and didn't learn the basics. Thank goodness those days have changed.

Prince Charles has been making education headlines all over the place. When he hasn't been complaining that young people are too uppity nowadays, he has criticised the "disproportionate" use of new technology in the classroom. At the Association of Colleges' conference in Bimingham he said that passion for a subject could not be replaced by computer-driven modules, and that education was becoming too utilitarian. The heir to the throne has a point. But, again, he comes across as stuck in a time warp. Computers are part of our lives, and educating people for work is vital. In the old days, to which the Prince harks back, too many people received poor schooling and didn't learn the basics. Thank goodness those days have changed.

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