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doodab
19th October 2012, 16:42
BBC News - Computer science teachers offered cash incentive (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20003327)


"If we want our country to produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the internet, we need the very best computer science teachers in our classrooms. They need to have the right skills and deep subject knowledge to help their pupils."

Mr Gove was referring to the concept of a global system that would allow researchers anywhere to share information which was first proposed by Sir Tim while he was working at the Cern particle physics laboratory in Geneva in the 1980s. Sir Tim later named it the World Wide Web


I'm sure his heart is in the right place, but his facts are all over the shop


Labour questioned how effective the changes would be. Stephen Twigg MP, the shadow education secretary, said:

"If we are to remain competitive, we need to instigate a computer science revolution, starting with getting primary school children to learn coding."

This lot however seem to think we need to teach 6 year olds the modern equivalent of sewing (which we probably do) and seem to miss the point that it's the logical, mathematical, engineering and problem solving skills that give you the competitive advantage, not the ability to code per se.

Doggy Styles
19th October 2012, 21:23
"If we are to remain competitive, we need to instigate a computer science revolution, starting with getting primary school children to learn coding."

Lots of Bobs code. How many Sir Tim Berners-Lees have come out of there?

dogzilla
19th October 2012, 21:35
Next big thing is clearly Sharepoint 2013.

If you say otherwise you don't understand the internet.

minestrone
19th October 2012, 22:05
There are thousands of grads that lined up their education as best they could for a career in IT and cannot get a sniff at work becasue of ICTs.

I'll make a guess that there are about 500 bobs in Glasgow and a thousand in Edinburgh and that has taken an entire generation of home based grads out of a career round here.

I would guess that out of every 100 programmers we can get trained 1 will take an idea and form a small company that hires and exports to a significant level.

The government should try and get these people the first few years work after graduating rather than teaching them for loops at the age of 10.

EternalOptimist
19th October 2012, 22:07
surely this the most stupidist idea ever.

training people up to the standards of berners lee, is training them up to yesterdays standards.
teaching them maths etc would be perfect for getting a berners lee clone

but thats history now.

it's not a question of training. imo

it's a question of setting the right environment
and having a high tolerance of whacky ideas

wherever they come from



:rolleyes:

The Spartan
22nd October 2012, 08:47
Speaking as a tester the last thing we need is more people coding it's bad enough keeping the current generation of programmers in line :grin

Mich the Tester
22nd October 2012, 08:54
Speaking as a tester the last thing we need is more people coding it's bad enough keeping the current generation of programmers in line :grin

Speaking as a tester I think it's a brilliant idea to educate more people in the fine art of making bugs.