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: The new magic
by Nth_Man on Mon 9th May 2011 00:39 UTC in reply to "The new magic"
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Rather than learning it, they were told to rely on it

Any of us do not really *know* how computers work. We only have a set of ideas. We have to rely on what others have written. To really *know* how computers work, we would have to know the inner work of operating systems, applications, etc, also electronics (transistors, etc), the complete behavior of electrons, matter, and so on. It was commented that a student could achieve much more just knowing something more about how computers work, and, of course, changing those "just type letters" classes :-( for "know more of it" classes.

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