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 - critical thinking
by jabbotts on Sun 8th May 2011 20:55 UTC in reply to "Scope"
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The entry level into programming is critical thinking which can indeed be taught to a ten year old and does apply to pretty much every occupation that child may go into. Math can be an aid in teaching critical thinking but there are better way's to approach logical thought.

Also, the complaint in the article was not that a ten year old child couldn't write professional grade C but that after a few years of "computer classes" at the school the student was still unable to grasp and perform basic computing tasks which could have been covered in a two hour tutorial. "Computer class" equates to playing a few math games and typing letters into Word while remaining unable to type letters into any other word processor? I'd be meeting with the principal if that was my child's school.

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