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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by Spiron on Sun 8th May 2011 07:06 UTC
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I too have seen this, though probably closer than most of you. I am a school student in Australia, in my last year. I am in the 'programing' class and the language we are doing is VB.Net, which really isn't a difficult language at all, and yet there are still only 20 people in the class, which in a school of 1000 students isn't really that many, cause its considered 'too hard' by most of the school, and this is one of the smarter schools in my area. I was also going to an advanced web course but it got cut due to people saying that setting up and understanding a WAMP/LAMP configuration was 'very hard'.

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