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[3]: Scope
by WorknMan on Sun 8th May 2011 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Scope"
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Now apply that to programming. Maybe schools should teach children some of the "general knowledge" of programming - basic stuff like, um, algebra.

You know, I've been out of high school for like 17 years now, and to my knowledge, I have never used any algebra that I was taught, nor do I remember any of it. So, just how useful was it anyway? I learned how frogs reproduce in high school, but I don't remember that either. There ARE things I wish I was taught in high school that I had to learn later on in life, such as:

- How to balance a checkbook
- How to fix a flat tire
- How to cook (sure, it was an elective, but I never took it)
- How to do laundry (if you throw in underwear with brand new, red shirts, you're going to end up with pink underwear)
- How to deal with a pain in the ass coworker
- How to lick pussy (they should have at least one course on this, cuz women seem to think we're supposed to pick this up through osmosis)
- etc etc

Edited 2011-05-08 18:28 UTC

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