If you think, as we do, that a deep and diverse computer science curriculum is a prerequisite for success in the modern, technology rich world, you may want to move your children to Viet Nam. Neil Fraser, a software engineer for Google, provides this fascinating look at how 5th graders there are already six years ahead of their US counterparts when it comes to programming and learning with computers. He also has some important thoughts on why that’s the case and what the ramifications are.
Bottom line? “Start everyone early, and offer those who are passionate about the subject limitless room to grow.” Sound advice for any subject.
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