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British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding 247

An anonymous reader writes "The UK government has finally decided to do something about the dire state of IT and computer science teaching in the country: it will create a new 'IT-centric' General Certificate of Secondary Education that will cover computational principles, systemic thinking, software development and logic. The current ICT GCSE has been lambasted for boring kids to death with lessons on using Word and Excel, rather than teaching computer programming."
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British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

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  • Too Late (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Friday September 16, 2011 @10:24AM (#37419946) Journal
    I did GCSE computing in 1998, and my coursework was a programming task (modelling the 3-body problem). At my school, however, I'd been taught to program aged 7. If I'd started programming aged 14, I'd have found it a lot harder. The government should be making programming a primary school activity, not leaving it to an optional course later on. Ideally, programming should be the first thing children are taught to do with computers at school - it was for me, and after that everything else is easy.
  • by _0xd0ad ( 1974778 ) on Friday September 16, 2011 @10:33AM (#37420076) Journal

    I imagine they could make a pretty interesting class in Excel if they'd move beyond formatting cells and doing simple sums and averages. They could even get into macro programming, but even without there's a lot of stuff you can do with it.

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