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Re: Computer Education in Public Schools

by tonio (Sexton)
on Nov 06, 2002 at 09:39 UTC ( #210697=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Computer Education in Public Schools

Please, don't force feed us kids computer science at an early age. As a 14 month old I ask you to let us enjoy our stuffed animals, play ball, exercice, read books, later on we will have time for programing, getting involved in the community, defending our freedom, being serious people and finally become King of the World.

More seriously, there is plenty of time in life for learning computers, the most important for us kids is certainly not learning technical skills that will be obsolete by the time we start looking for a job. Creativity, for one. If you want to put me in front of a keyboard, please let it be a full of black and white keys.

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Re: Re: Computer Education in Public Schools
by hardburn (Abbot) on Nov 06, 2002 at 15:08 UTC

    Computer programming skills are never truely obsolete, because problem solving is a skill that will always be needed in programming, as well as elsewhere in life. The exact language you use is irrelevent if you can pick up the abstract ideas behind the syntax.

Re: Computer Education in Public Schools
by Brutha (Friar) on Nov 09, 2002 at 20:50 UTC
    Great, fantastic, 100%, tonio for president !!!!

    Start with basic education to have the fundamentals, before you need specialisation. Basic means - as pointed out - creativity, trial and error, open mind for any thinkable solution and find them by themselves (well, maybe with some help)

    Of course my 3 year daughter has a tiny mouse and it is fantastic how it trains fingers, patience, concentration. But it's living books not Visual Programming.

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