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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Neolander
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2010-03-08

Fk the general population and publicly funded education; we can't be putting money into that or we'll loose our minimum wage McDonald's staff.

Don't worry. I live in a country where education is publicly funded and university costs ~€400/year, and we still have lots of staff left for McDonald's ;)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I do envy those countries where even university education is considered a right rather than a privileged. If I remember correctly, your down around France but I believe the folks from the Norse regions also enjoy that benefit.

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Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

In Quebec (French Canada) too, its about 200$ per class if you no access to full government funding (basically, if you can't pay, it's almost free). Even with those prices, less than 10% get there. But we have a strong professional college grade between true university grades and high school professional training. 3 years to learn about everything to be a good technician/programmer/health care (and 150+ other type of jobs) professional. That's totally free. Still, less than 50% get there.

It's not because education is free that people will take it. It's always disappointing to see the amount of people who don't want to be educated.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'd say it's a different philosophy. In most countries, you have to make a loan to buy a car, but that has never prevented anyone from buying one. In the US, you have to make a loan to educate yourself for the same reason : you cost a lot of money now, but will be able to reimburse later.

In a way, French education is a loan too : the state pays it, but taxes on companies and high salaries are higher in order to reimburse.

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