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[4]: Scope
by Neolander on Sun 8th May 2011 12:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Scope"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

You and others on this thread make me feel guilty for not planning to teach programming to anyone else than my hypothetic kids in the future, even if I know I could w_w

Edited 2011-05-08 12:32 UTC

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RE[5]: Scope
by xiaokj on Sun 8th May 2011 14:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Scope"
xiaokj Member since:
2005-06-30

you'd bet ;-)

Anyway, we should really not look at things in such a small capacity. Computer science is actually finding out a lot of practical information about the structure and organisation of [s]operating systems[/s] <strike>dumb computers</strike> human work flows!

I mean, look at it: The computer is the ultimate dumb machine -- you have to specify every step in detail, but it never makes any mistake while it operates; the mistakes are yours truly. Sounds like a lot of rudimentary office jobs, doesn't it? Data entry, tabulation and processing, order processing and so on are things computers can replace humans well, and knowing how to design systems to do it in either side will carry over to the other side rather easily.

Similarly ideas exist everywhere. The structure and organisation of governments are one of the worst offenders in this area -- maybe it is really time for a computer savvy politician to get into power and show the world how it actually can be done without the pains they seem to always go through. Computer automation is a technology available for decades, and yet not exploited for the betterment of society. Clearly another case of blindly teaching facts without knowing how to expand the use cases. Woeful, indeed!

Edit: Strikes not working! Will some mod pretty please strike that? Thanks.

Edited 2011-05-08 14:09 UTC

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