To think that a head teacher in a state primary should have heard of Minecraft?

(67 Posts)
strokerecovery Thu 12-May-16 20:50:45

Not expecting them to be across all the stuff kids play on their computers but Minecraft has had such a lot of press about its educational value and potentinal application as a teaching tool, surely it should at least be on her radar. She had never heard of it (and by Head Teacher, I mean Head Master/Mistress)

DraenorQueen Thu 12-May-16 20:58:33

I think you're being massively unreasonable. Why on earth should she be aware of a computer game that may be of no interest to her because it has educational value? Many many things have educational value. Your tone implies this makes her out of touch/ignorant.

WorraLiberty Thu 12-May-16 20:59:55

We're not so out of touch on Mumsnet that we don't know what a Head Teacher is grin

BoneyBackJefferson Thu 12-May-16 21:02:14

YABU.

I know of minecraft and its "educational" value due to the area of education that I work in, but I wouldn't expect others to know what the program is capable of and how it could be used.

Psycobabble Thu 12-May-16 21:05:56

worra grin

And op biscuit

ShatnersBassoon Thu 12-May-16 21:08:39

YABU. I don't even know what a Head Teacher is, let alone Minecraft.

ConferencePear Thu 12-May-16 21:11:20

Why ?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 12-May-16 21:12:16

DD is that you?

TaraCarter Thu 12-May-16 21:13:07

But had this headteacher heard of the Beatles or 1 Direction?

Grilledaubergines Thu 12-May-16 21:14:17

In a state primary? Definitely. Head teacher in a private school, well you can understand why they wouldn't need to.hmm

lulucappuccino Thu 12-May-16 21:15:51

YANBU. Minecraft has been big news for years.

DraenorQueen Thu 12-May-16 21:22:07

Head teacher in a private school, well you can understand why they wouldn't need to.
I don't understand this. Why wouldn't private school heads need to know about Minecraft?

strokerecovery Thu 12-May-16 21:23:53

I always knew them as Headmasters and Headmistresses so am not used to Head Teacher (showing my age obviously). I'll admit to being surprised that the HT hadn't heard of it. I thought she might have heard about it in relation to debates about how kids are learning differently these days and the massive impact computers have had on all our lives, and how we might be able to harness our children's interest and use it for educational purposes. Interesting.

StealthPolarBear Thu 12-May-16 21:24:38

I think she was being sarcastic! My first thought was to wonder why op had specified state schools only,

Chattymummyhere Thu 12-May-16 21:26:26

That surprises me ds's primary run a lunch time minecraft club, then again our head seems obsessed with Twitter and Fb too, any excuse to tweet and his on it.

strokerecovery Thu 12-May-16 21:27:33

Hey I got a biscuit! Thanks Psycobabble grin

Psycobabble Thu 12-May-16 21:29:22

grin I always wanted to do that blush

BackforGood Thu 12-May-16 21:29:56

Worra grin

Grilledaubergines Thu 12-May-16 21:32:21

Sorry, I was being sarcastic. I'm afraid I didn't understand why the need to specify it was a state school. A school is a school. A headteacher is a headteacher.

That said, the nuns at my convent school wouldn't have been that aware of Bros or New Kids on the Block.

PerspicaciaTick Thu 12-May-16 21:33:59

I was surprised to hear that my DC's class teacher hadn't heard of a palaeontologist. You would have thought she might have come across the word teaching loads of dinosaur mad primary children or watching Friends.
I think sometimes people do know vaguely, but can't place the reference if they hear it in a different context.

strokerecovery Thu 12-May-16 21:34:47

I specified state school because that is the kind of school my child attends. I'll be honest and say that I would have suspected a Private head might have known about Minecraft because their pupils might all own Ipads and/or have use of them in the classroom and can afford to go on more trips to museums and heritage places that are using things like Minecraft left right and centre in their outreach initiatives.

Grilledaubergines Thu 12-May-16 21:38:20

Museums are free.

Children from state schools get to go too. The paupers!grin

Anyway. In answer, no I don't think there's any reason they would have particular knowledge of Minecraft.

The poor fuckers are up to their eyes in school related goings on.

PopGoesTheWeaz Thu 12-May-16 21:39:11

DS' reception TA asked him the summer before he started if he'd seen the new Avengers film. The one that was rated 12. To a 4 year old.

Point is that schools and teachers can be out of touch.

strokerecovery Thu 12-May-16 21:41:07

I must apologise again for my over explanation of Head Teacher meaning Head Master/Mistress. When did it change? Because when I was growing up we always had a Head Master, but my kids have only been in schools where there is a Head Teacher. Also, in my kids' school what I knew as a Deputy Head is called a Depute Head - or is that just a Scottish thing (derails own thread!)

Just5minswithDacre Thu 12-May-16 21:41:50

a Private head might have known about Minecraft because their pupils might all own Ipads and/or have use of them in the classroom and can afford to go on more trips to museums and heritage places

confused

Are you serious?

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