Rapper William James Adams* has spoken out about IT education in the UK here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21747206
. Infact, not only has he spoken about it, he's put his money where his mouth is and ponied up half a million quid to buy computers for disadvantaged youngsters.
Figures from the Prince's Trust (a charity set up by Prince Charles aimed at giving all young people in the UK a fair start in life) confirm that there is, indeed, a problem. Of the 1'378 young people (15-25 years old) interviewed, 17% said they don't apply for jobs that require basic IT skills, and a quarter said they dread filling in on line application forms.
Worrying stuff, since common wisdom has it that these young whipper-snappers are all tech-savy, and waiting to take over the world with their technical genius.
The above article from Auntie (that's the BBC for non-UK folk) goes on to quote Valerie Thompson from the E-Learning foundation who said:
" That [donation] would buy 2,000 children an iPad, and we've got 750,000 children who can't get online at home."
One commenter who goes by the name Trumble said:
"Is a woman from the E-Learning Foundation stating she would buy everyone Ipads to solve the problem?
This proves two things:
1. The problem isn't the kids.
2. The people trying to solve the problem are part of the problem.
Like someone has already stated, Raspberry Pi's are £15? She wants to give £600 items that are for entertainment only. "
Here at LXF Towers, we think the debate on Computing in schools really comes down to one thing: What should kids know when they leave school?
So, we put it to you open balloters. What do you think?
Kids should be able to use MSOffice, since that's what they'll need to use in most jobs.
Kids should understand how computers work, and how they interact.
Kids should be able to program.
Kids should be able to install Gentoo. We're trying to build a 1337 super race!
Kids should know nothing otherwise they'll steal our jobs. As Homer Simpson said, "Children are the future ... unless we stop them now"
Or, of course, any other thoughts.
* He chooses to distinguish himself from other Williams not by his surname, as is convention, but by misusing punctuation: Will.i.am. We, however, feel that punctuation should be respected.
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