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: Scope
by JAlexoid on Sun 8th May 2011 15:04 UTC in reply to "Scope"
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Complaining that an 11-year-old boy can't program is as stupid as complaining that the same 11-year-old isn't a qualified plumber, diesel mechanic, accountant or veterinarian. That's what tertiary education (universities, trade schools, etc) are for - to teach stuff that is only relevant to specific occupations.

- Brendan

No. Programming might not be necessary for everyone, but understanding that a computer is not "magic"(trademark lawsuit be damned) is necessary. Software is programmed by people. And computers follow a very strict logic.
With computers being all around us, we all have to understand basics behind computers. We all have to understand what is computer software. Just like we all have to understand the basics behind combustion engine, how an atom looks like, chemistry and all other sciences that are all around us in daily lives.

150 years ago Greek and Latin were all around educated people, not today. Today English, mathematics, computers are all around us. If you can't search Google for information you are permanently disadvantaged these days. If you can't enter a formula in Excel you are disadvantaged in many other ways.

School is there to level out those disadvantages for all. But those have to levelled out to average, not lowest common denominator.

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