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 Fergy on Sun 8th May 2011 06:24 UTC in reply to "The new magic"
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Priest used to use magic / god power to heal and control society. Rather than learning it, they were told to rely on it and have faith.

In school you learn how to do things by learning how it works like math, grammar, reading, writing etc. As a teacher you should understand that learning basic computing is as important as learning how to use a pen and paper. You are creating a bunch of digital invalids.

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RE[2]: The new magic
by Elv13 on Sun 8th May 2011 08:27 in reply to "RE: The new magic"
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They are digitals invalids in the first place and they lived fine until now in this "digital world". So, from their POV, if they never had to care, why would they teach other to care.

(Note, it's not my POV and I don't approve what I just said, I just looked at their arguments, or lack of)

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