News The Royal Society calls for a tenfold increase in computing education funding

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  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    ...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?)
     
  3. jrs77

    jrs77 theorycrafting

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    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.
     
  4. Corky42

    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    I'm volunteering all our MP's for one of these computing education classes. ;)
     
  5. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    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be the case, you can't possibly teach the right technology to primary school kids because it will be at least a decade out of date by the time they hit the jobs market.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.
     
  6. Xir

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    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 :grin:
     
  7. Anfield

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    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.
     
  8. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    And a copy of Cryptography for Dummies for our esteemed Home Secretary.
     
  9. SMIFFYDUDE

    SMIFFYDUDE Supermodders on my D

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    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.
     
  10. adidan

    adidan Too lazy to change avatars. It's always christmas.

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    Wow, I even got a GCSE in Computer Science that was writing in BASIC :jawdrop:

    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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