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Computer Science is a No…um…Full-Brainer

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.

Do you think computer science should be a required part of the school experience? Let us know.

Comments

  1. Jason McMahon says:

    No, it should be integrated into all curriculum to enhance learning. There is no reason why it can’t be taught in great depth in English, Math, Science, arts or any other subject. In fact, I believe this would be more effective than a computer lab. It’s teachers elearning capacity that needs to change and at a deeper level, pedagogical knowledge and school structures for many. When it is specialised in a lab, some teachers feel it is no longer their responsibility to educate kids about tech

    • I totally agree with this comment. Knowing how to write code does not mean you will become a programmer just like knowing how to read and write does not mean you will become an author – but knowing how to read and write sure are useful.

      The problem that I see, is with the teachers. As much of an optimist that I am, I just can’t imagine scores of old school teachers learning how to code. Which is quite ironic isn’t it – aren’t teachers supposed to be continuously learning? Should teachers not embrace this? Alas, in many regards, education remains the lagard where it should be the leader.

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