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: Learning Computers
by CaptainN- on Mon 9th May 2011 17:00 UTC in reply to "Learning Computers"
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The biggest contributing factor to this state of affairs - teachers don't know how to run computers. They are teachers, not technicians. And man, imagine what kind of disruption it would cause if the computer broke, or got a virus! Teachers already have enough to deal with with all the increased emphasis on state tests and the like, you want them to maintain a computer (or bunch of computers) that students can get in there and mess with?

Maybe with more of an emphasis on increasing effectiveness of public schools (and funding it in more appropriate ways) and less on cutting teaching roles and salaries - and other forms of irresponsible austerity. There is nothing in the current state of affairs that leads me to believe there is any chance of getting better technical instruction in public schools. America (in particular) is far down the wrong path, moving in the wrong direction.

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