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Re: British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

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____/ Homer on Friday 16 Sep 2011 19:21 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Hardon spake thusly:
>><http://developers.slashdot.org/story/11/09/16/147238/British-Schoolkids-To-Be-Taught-Computer-Coding>
>>
>><quote>
>> "The UK government has finally decided to do something about the dire
>> state of IT and computer science teaching in the country: it will
>> create a new 'IT-centric' General Certificate of Secondary Education
>> that will cover computational principles, systemic thinking, software
>> development and logic. The current ICT GCSE has been lambasted for
>> boring kids to death with lessons on using Word and Excel, rather than
>> teaching computer programming."
>></quote>
> 
> Good.
> 
> Beats me why they ever /stopped/ teaching real computing. If people want
> to learn the specifics of proprietary applications, surely it should be
> up to the respective proprietary software vendors to provide private
> vocational training for their commercial products, for those who
> actually want to buy them, and not up to taxpayers to subsidise those
> companies' incomes with state-aid, by allowing public schools to be
> perverted into sales showrooms for a captive audience of schoolchildren.

At taxpayers' expense even, meaning that they needn't pay for it
*and* it becomes compulsory to learn how to become their clients.

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