The Collapse of Computing Education in English Schools

January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am 1 comment

Based on the description in this report, I expect that American schools are no better, but we aren’t using such strong languages as “on the verge of collapse.”  We do say that we’re Running on Empty, but I think that the collapse analogy may be even more accurate.

Computing is on the verge of collapse in the English state-funded school system. Most English schools nowadays teach ICT (Information and Communication Technology) rather than Computing.  ICT in a great many schools consists solely of teaching how to use office productivity software such as word processors and spreadsheets, which results in students actively disliking what they mistakenly believe to be Computing.

Students are not taught how computers work and are denied the opportunity to be creative through inspiring computing activities. The March 2009 Ofsted report into ICT GCSE ‘The Importance of ICT’ states “Too many of the lessons seen during the survey emphasised the development of skills in using specific software at the expense of improving students’ ICT capability.”

via The Collapse of Computing Education in English Schools.

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  • 1. Bijan Parsia  |  January 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

    A standard point we are asked to raise during visit day interviews with prospective undergrads is the difference between CS and IT. I didn’t realize *why* before.

    I also notice when staffing a table that people were way more interested in Math. Sigh.


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