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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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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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

But, if the decision is a loan for a car or a loan for education, it'll usually be the car. The US is a country where people will give up there home and live in the car rather than give up the car and get that rent cheque cut.

(before someone jumps down my throat.. not everywhere in the US but it does seem more common then in other places.)

The Quebec commend on education; interesting. I didn't know that. In Ontario if one can make it through the University application process, they're likely looking at over 10,000 per year in fees. And if they can't get OSAP and FSAP assistance and/or burseries.. that figure goes up.

In the Toronto mega-area particularily, public schools can vary drastically dependong on the area one lives in. The Toronto French School and the gir's private school closer to down town are both better options for those who can afford tuition. The most interesting may be the catholic school board's self directed learning school for those who get accepted; self directed study schedual with the intent of developing life long learners - kids who will make self directed learning an ongoing hobby after the school years.

My own experience was a small town school where the guidance councelors did there best but lacked the knowledge to guid students. Any that didn't fit into a basic 50s template on the bubble sheet quize got the "uh.. no idea.. join the military maybe?" recommendation.

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