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: Scope
by M.Onty on Sun 8th May 2011 11:43 UTC in reply to "Scope"
M.Onty
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Any information that is only relevant to a small number of specific occupations is not "general" and should not be included in these years of school. This includes computer programming (and electronics, mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, accountancy, law, architecture, etc).
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- Brendan


Teach only a specific language for a specific purpose, such as C# or Javascript for making 'apps', and that may well be the case. That would be occupational training like you say. But teaching some BASIC, LOGO, a dash of javascript, even some C++ and you are *not* just training pupils for an occupation. You are giving them an understanding of the logical foundations on which almost all our technologies, and an increasing portion of our society, are now based. How many people *really* needs to know about the Tudors? Or quadratic equations? Very few. However these subjects expand ones capacity to think. As does computer logic.

As an aside, the only one decent 'computer class' I had in ten years of IT (I'm 23, from England) was when we didn't touch a PC. We just played with chunky electronic logic gates, wiring them up to make simple patterns. *That* taught me what a computer is. It wasn't difficult, it just aknoledged that copmputers are more than secretarial tools.

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