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UK to reintroduce computer science teaching in schools

first_imgThe amount of technology each of us use in our day-to-day life is growing every year, and yet, in the UK at least, we haven’t been teaching children about the hardware and software that makes that technology possible. Kids today only learn Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in UK schools, which teaches them basic skills using applications like word processors, spreadsheets, and databases.That is about to change, though. Michael Gove, education secretary for the UK government, is today going to announce ICT is being scrapped in schools and in its place a computer science curriculum will be taught. So learning about applications is out, learning how to make those applications is in.Such news should be met with celebration across the technology industry, and especially by tech companies operating in the UK. Future generations of kids leaving school will do so having a much greater understanding of computer hardware, how software is made, and some basic-to-advanced programming skills. The lack of such teaching has been a discussion point for many years, and is actually one of the reasons the Raspberry Pi Foundation is creating a $25 PC. It wants kids everywhere to have access to a computer that’s the price of a textbook, and the tools necessary to start creating software and other hardware using it. Without such knowledge from a young age, it’s all the more difficult to produce the next John Carmack, Larry Page, or Bill Gates.The combination of cheap technology like the Raspberry Pi and computer science teaching should see a resurgence of talented young men and women ready to enter and push forward the tech industry. Depending on the timetable for introducing computer science to schools, it should only take a few years for that to become the norm.Read more at BBC News, image via The Mary Suelast_img read more

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