The United Kingdom Rethinks Their Computer Science Education

The United Kingdom Rethinks Their Computer Science Education

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It’s happened again. Countries the world over are making radical changes to their elementary and secondary school curriculum, putting far more emphasis on computer science. The United Kingdom already paid more attention to kids programming education than the United States, but now it’s becoming official in schools.

There are plans to teach “rigorous computer science” to all children. This plan starts all the way at age 5! This quote from the education minister sums it up:

Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations using an MIT tool called Scratch. By 16, they could have an understanding of formal logic previously covered only in university courses and be writing their own apps for smartphones.

I wouldn’t recommend you hold your breath for a similar overhaul to the United States education system. It takes awareness, which is slowly building, and time. It’s up to you to attend kid programming events in the Bay Area and find a personal mentor.

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Posted by Brian Skinner / Posted on 18 Jul