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[2]: Learning Computers
by Spiron on Mon 9th May 2011 10:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Learning Computers"
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"I asked him what they do with his time and all they do is type letters into MS word with the keyboard. What a waste of time. 20 years of technology and knowledge later and I probably learned more playing Oregon Trail.

That's how the classes are set up, and that's how MS want them set up...

If you teach them properly, then they will be more inquisitive and more adaptable... While one of the biggest things keeping MS marketshare up, is users who are afraid of even the slightest differences because they haven't been taught properly.

You can't just blame everything on Microsoft or Apple, all they did was make computing easier for the masses. It's the governments and school boards that are responsible for the decrease in the effectiveness of the computing syllabus. All Microsoft or Apple have done is license their software for use in the education environment. The current situation would have happened even if they were using a linux distro such as Edubuntu

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