By Goveon January 12th, 2012 at 9:37 am
So, the education secretary wants to revamp ICT eh?
Michael Gove called the current ICT curriculum “demotivating and dull”. Kettle, black, anyone?
For a start he’s planning on consulting with businesses and universities on creating a new GCSE course. Well, there’s boredom right there Michael.
I became a programmer, not through a school course (GCE at the time), because it was a dull as dish water. Programming’s not about a curriculum that you can follow. It’s about innovation, inspiration and free thinking. All things a curriculum is not.
I became a programmer because of things like the Sinclair Spectrum etc. Also, magazines like Input Magazine and their ‘we’re all starting from the same place’ type of attitude.
Raspberry Pi now has the chance to spark all this again. What we need a decent magazine to come out alongside it and really enthuse kids to take on the challenge of creating tomorrow’s software.
GCSE course? Maybe, but it shouldn’t be a purely academic one, because 80% of programming is about passion and art, not academia. They should be judged on their creativity and uniquemess, 2 things that wouldn’t be captured well in a GSCE exam.
No, we should be celebrating the entrepreneurial skills of the kids and getting them passionate.
“Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word or Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations,” Michael Gove said.
11 year-olds, simple 2D computer animations? Wow, set that bar high Gove. Just like the government setting 2Mb broadband as our bar. What we really need is MPs that will make this country great again, put as at the forefront of the PC age, right where we were.
Give every child a piece of the Pi and some good, entertaining tutorials and watch them blossom. Children want to learn, it’s just not teachers they want to learn from.
And, no, I have nothing to do with Raspberry Pi :p