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Microsoft wants computer science taught in UK primary schools

Qedward (2499046) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Qedward (2499046) writes "As the UK prepares to shake up the way computer science is taught in schools, Redmond is warning that the UK risks falling behind other countries in the race to develop and nurture computing talent, if "we don’t ensure that all children learn about computer science in primary schools".

With 100,000 unfilled IT jobs but only 30,500 computer science graduates in the UK last year, MS believes: "By formally introducing children to computer science basics at primary school, we stand a far greater chance of increasing the numbers taking the subject through to degree level and ultimately the world of work.""

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The Ballmer's memo says... (1)

melizeche (2576011) | about a year and a half ago | (#42737133)

Computer Science or ".NET 101"?

Re:The Ballmer's memo says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42738085)

What's the difference?

I blame microsoft for the current situation (1)

GreatDrok (684119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741135)

When I went to school, we were taught about how computers worked, how to do boolean algebra and other logic and we even touched on assembly language. This was in an O level computer science course back in 1982. We used BBC micros which were very powerful and open platforms and you had access to the advanced user guide which gave details of the chipset and registers so you could plug devices into the user port and drive stepper motors to build robots. When PCs replaced the BBC micros, computing in schools switched to teaching kids how to type up essays in Word and do a few bits and pieces in a spreadsheet because that is what computers were used for in the real world. Result, far fewer people got exposed to the internals of computers. MS can shut the hell up since they caused the problems. The best way to solve this is to get kids back onto computers like the Rasberry Pi or if they must have PCs, put Linux on and teach them more than just the bare essentials of office work.

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