[ubuntu-uk] School Curiculum WAS: Royal Society... IT is boring?

Gordon Burgess-Parker gbplinux at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 11:01:15 BST 2010

  On 26/08/2010 10:43, Mark Harrison wrote:
> The Royal Society do, at least, appear to have someone on their 
> advisory board who seems to understand the problem.
> From their website:
> Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Education at The Royal Academy 
> of Engineering said: “Young people have huge appetites for the 
> computing devices they use outside of school. Yet ICT and Computer 
> Science in school seem to turn these young people off. We need school 
> curricula to engage them better if the next generation are to engineer 
> technology and not just consume it”.

Maybe the answer is as posited in the other thread:
Use the other GCSE subjects to teach basic computer and application 
USAGE (and preferably not just MS orientated), and change the GCSE IT 
course into a programmers/designers course, again preferably Open Source 
biased to the pupils can actually write new code, and, probably more 
importantly, amend and de-bug currently-used applications etc. You could 
put all sorts of things into it like robotics and embedded devices...

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