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Education Government Programming United Kingdom News

A 'Radical Manifesto' For Computer Teaching In English Schools 108

Posted by timothy
from the it-clicks-the-mouse-or-else-it-gets-the-hose-again dept.
00_NOP writes "Everybody (or almost everybody) in England agrees that computing teaching to kids in high school is broken. In response the government promised a radical overhaul and a new curriculum. But then last week it was discovered the government had scrapped the bit of the education department that would develop any such curriculum. Not to be deterred, John Naughton, the Cambridge University academic who wrote the Short History of the Future, has now published his own 'radical' manifesto on how computing should be taught."
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A 'Radical Manifesto' For Computer Teaching In English Schools

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  • No, England (Score:5, Informative)

    by ebcdic (39948) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @05:59AM (#39539631)

    There are similar issues in the rest of the UK, but this particular story is *not* about the UK as a whole. Education policy is devolved to the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish parliaments/assemblies. The manifesto is addressed to Michael Gove, who is the Secretary of State for Education in England.

  • Re:No, England (Score:4, Informative)

    by 00_NOP (559413) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @06:42AM (#39539735) Homepage

    Actually he's Secretary of State for the whole UK and has some duties in this regard, but yes, he's responsible for the curriculum only in England, so the story is correct to focus only on England.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.