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 Beta on Sun 8th May 2011 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Scope"
Beta
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I would've loved it if programming had been part of my education. I went to a rather prestigious high school, but we had none of that.


I visited a school outside M√ľnchen as part of an exchange programme at age 12. For people my age they had a programming lesson teaching C. My school back in the UK didnt have computers then! The most I'd done *in my spare time at home* had been BASIC and a small amount of Pascal. Anyhow, two years later they introduced an IT lesson that included doing spreadsheets and rudimentary typesetting on PCWs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amstrad_PCW). They were out of date before they introduced them.
*sigh*

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