Linked by David Adams on Sun 8th May 2011 04:15 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Well-known game developer David Braben is a little bit fed up with the state of computer science education these days, which seems to have shifted away from learning programming to some sort of computer-oriented "life skills" class. As the father of eleven and nine year-old boys, I can attest that so far, despite a massive investment on the part of their school in computer equipment, their computer education has consisted mostly of "play this math game" and "don't be victimized by cyber-perverts." Braben's idea to stem this tide: a very, very cheap computer that students can learn to program on.
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RE[4]: Scope
by WereCatf on Sun 8th May 2011 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Scope"
WereCatf
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Back when I was still in school we had some rudimentary programming lessons in C and HTML, but... well, the teacher was absolutely horrible. He didn't know anything about the topic himself, he was just following textbook, and if something didn't work the way it should he didn't know what to do, nor did he accept any other solutions to things than what were in the book. In the end no one really learned anything and all the students were just plain confused and frustrated, and the courses were dropped.

It's kind of sad. There were a few people who were genuinely interested, but their interest was totally killed by that teacher.

Oh well, my point is that even though being taught programming would be good for most people having a horrible teacher is worse than getting no education at all.

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