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Damned by Google ... no less

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by madcat, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said education in Britain is holding
    back the country's chances of success in the digital media economy.

    ...He said he had been flabbergasted to learn that computer science was
    not taught as standard in UK schools
    , despite what he called the
    "fabulous initiative" in the 1980s when the BBC not only broadcast
    programmes for children about coding, but shipped over a million BBC
    Micro computers into schools and homes.


    "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software,
    but gives no insight into how it's made. That is just throwing away your
    great computing heritage," he said.


    Do you think anyone willl take any notice.?
    I won't hold my breath
     
  2. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said education in Britain is holding
    back the country's chances of success in the digital media economy.

    ...He said he had been flabbergasted to learn that computer science was
    not taught as standard in UK schools
    , despite what he called the
    "fabulous initiative" in the 1980s when the BBC not only broadcast
    programmes for children about coding, but shipped over a million BBC
    Micro computers into schools and homes.


    "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software,
    but gives no insight into how it's made. That is just throwing away your
    great computing heritage," he said.


    Do you think anyone willl take any notice.?
    I won't hold my breath
     
  3. Nope.
     
  4. (Well, apart from it's actually wrong ; Acorn designed and built the machine to a spec. and the BBC produced some Telly, but they didn't do much else other than name the thing)
    But basically it is correct. Unfortunately ICT is p**s easy compared to Computing Science/Studies even if it is useless. It has been used as a cheap driver to force league table positions up, firstly with junk like BTEC, then DiDA, OCR and various other "have a GCSE if you can find the on switch" courses.
    There is a batch of coders that began roughly with the arrival of the Spectrum/C64 era of machines (there are some of us that predate that but not many because the hardware was expensive and/or limited) and died out when the Amiga/ST era ended and the hardware split into PCs and consoles.
    This is about 1982 to 1993. Outside that, nothing much. Nowadays apparently you can pass a Computer Science degree without being able to program properly, which is ridiculous.
     
  5. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    Did no-one else get a shiver of revulsion at a CEO of a multinational company like Google lecturing the educational community of this country on our curriculum? or was it just me...?
    I'd rather listen to johnbrown or autismuk personally.
     
  6. Probably just you. How many jobs are you looking to provide for young people?
     

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