Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 10 Nov 2017.
...in Germany and the Netherlands, learning how to use a keyboard (as in blind typewriting) is still not obligatory nor offered very often.
We're only about 100 years late.
The stuff Ilearned at School and universitywas noneof the stuff i actually used later (or do you program in Pascal or the likes very ofen?)
Yeah, I was fortunate enough to go to a boarding school in the early to late 90's, where we had mandatory computer and machine-writing lessons.
And allthough learning the basics of DOS or Pascal back then isn't of any interest these days anymore, the basics of C/C++, HTML and all of the Office-stuff sure is still helping to this date. Especially learning the basics of C/C++ early on helped alot to understand the fundamentals of writing code, be it C/C++, PHP+SQL or Java, which are widely used.
I'd say beginning in 4th class every child should be taught the computer-basics like working with the Office-suite, handling Windows/MacOS/Linux, basic internet-security, etc. Later on - maybe in the 8th grade - machine-writing should also be a mandatory class.
It's of no use, that every child and adult these days can use a smartphone, tablet or PC to consume media, chat with friends and use social media apps. It's mandatory, that everyone knows the basics of working with a computer, be it for office-stuff or industrial use like CNC-machines, etc.
I'm volunteering all our MP's for one of these computing education classes.
But that will always be the case, you can't possibly teach the right technology to primary school kids because it will be at least a decade out of date by the time they hit the jobs market.
Teachin typing, programming and office basics wouldn't hurt though.
Yeah, that's why I started with the demand to learn to type.
That's practical without beeing dependant on whatever language is currently en vogue.
Office Basics I learned..... Wordperfect and PC-Calc (yes, I'm old), MS Office wasn't invented back then
The logical problem solving skills you pick up while learning Pascal (or whatever other programming language) are universally applicable, so it still has value.
Besides, there are a lot of similarities between different programming languages, so knowing one makes it much easier to learn another at a later point in life.
And a copy of Cryptography for Dummies for our esteemed Home Secretary.
I didn't get any IT lessons until secondary school aged 11, and even then they were Macs which I've not used since leaving 16 years ago. IT wasn't even offered as a GCSE. Everything I know (not a great deal really, but more than most) is though experience gained as a home PC user.
Wow, I even got a GCSE in Computer Science that was writing in BASIC
Amazed, there are so many schools out there not even offering it - are they just all teaching how to pick up phones and deal with angry customers?
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