[Re: With plastic banknotes set to arrive in 2016, will cash soon disappear entirely anyway?, yesterday]
I agree that we are moving towards a cashless future. Not only have credit and debit cards already largely taken over from cash (the average consumer now carries just £20 in cash), but our forecasts show that 2016 will be the year consumers stop needing a wallet to shop on the British high street – their smartphones will be enough. The future of money is digital, not plastic or paper – 80 per cent of Britons already say they wish they could leave their wallet at home.
Rob Skinner, director, PayPal
[Re: Four reasons to be happy about the end of teaching, Monday]
The Socratic teaching method has been going on for thousands of years, and is practised by several of those countries cited as having top education systems. This new approach – whereby teachers take a backseat – was tried in the 1990s, and while it was found to be effective as a supplement to a human teacher for limited periods of time (around 15 minutes), it is not a substitute for it. Instead, the real benefit of these kinds of systems is in being able to quickly identify a student’s misunderstandings, and take steps to correct them.
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