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Re: British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

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____/ Sneaky Weasel on Monday 19 Sep 2011 06:35 : \____

> On 09/16/2011 11:21 AM, Homer wrote:
>> 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.
> I had to go to a "special" tech school to learn any of this and even
> then I had to read on my own. Teachers are mostly idiots who follow text
> books given to them by even dumber administrators.

Teachers are not mostly idiots; it's the pressure put on them to adhere to the
textbook that makes them appear incapable of thought. Many people become
teachers for idealogical reason, just like MDs/GPs who are underpaid in many

If you want to see real idiots, check out those who work in marketing.

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