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Does your curriculum compute?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by dalersmith, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. dalersmith

    dalersmith Occasional commenter

  2. Dorsetdreams

    Dorsetdreams Occasional commenter

    I agree, preaching to the wrong people.

    And if my SLT did happen upon it, they would probably read the first line "Before you reduce curriculum time for computing, or drop the computer science GCSE from your option blocks...." and say, in Reservoir Dogs tones "That's a good idea, like that one...."
     
  3. moscowbore

    moscowbore Senior commenter

    Making the job attractive is the real solution.

    This is a very cleverly worded advert designed to appeal to insecure senior school management. It offers what seems like a solution. Even better, it offers senior school management the opportunity to be seen to be doing something constructive for little cost to themselves.
     
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  4. ParakeetGreen

    ParakeetGreen New commenter

    I think it is realistic to help train up teachers as part of a solution given numerous factors eg the job market, so on the grounds the article is ok. However, back to the OP, it's not a question of preaching to the wrong people, it's the fact that this solution is ONLY a partial component of the full solution. Hence the problem presented is sub-problem and the solution given then treated as a complete solution, which it is not; it's beguiling.

    It's correct to say the job needs to be attractive to attract more CS graduates, but actually that's not the main part of the problem: It's that the the JOB in the CLASSROOM needs to be effective. And it's the conditions that lead to that that count. Get that right and the ability to train teachers will work and lo! it will be more attractive to other people too.

    The big problem is the enormous inertia in the system: People in decision-making positions DON'T want to LOOK at the solution and the requirements that demands.
     
  5. moscowbore

    moscowbore Senior commenter

    The workload outside of the classroom is crippling. The salary on offer for a CS teacher cannot compete with the private sector. Less workload and higher salary would make teaching more attractive and are completely within the control of the UK government.
     
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