Lord Baker: ‘Every school in the country should have 3D printers’

TES is reporting that Lord Baker has commented that every school in the country should have a 3D printer.

Every school in the country should have 3D printers, according to Conservative peer Lord Baker.

In an exclusive interview with TES, the former education secretary said: “I would like to see a rank of 3D printers in every comprehensive and some in primary schools. Because 3D printers are going to change everything. Everything.”

Citing the example of a footbridge in Holland being created using a 3D printer “with no concrete, no metal and no human hand”, Lord Baker said that today’s students will need “a whole variety of different skills” for the jobs of the future.

“When it comes to lorries in America, there are 3 million truckers,” he said. “On top of that, 8 million [people working in] sandwich bars, restaurants, stopovers – they won’t be needed when you get driverless trucks going along long roads in America. Education has got to respond to this. Youngsters today are going to need a whole variety of different skills.”

Three decades after leaving Whitehall, Lord Baker’s impact on education policy shows no sign of waning. 

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Comments

  1. BSCit

    That may be an aspiration. In the mean time, how about we try and retain some of teachers who might have the skills to teach technology? And generally make education more rounded? Oh, and ensure statutory PSHE so the kids have the broader skills for life!

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