Computer Science Lessons Need to Change

Inside my computer the day it arrived © Sophie Brown

Inside my computer the day it arrived © Sophie Brown

There is a sense of complete wonder at the insides of a computer, and it’s something I find both worrying and surprising. I am of the first generation for whom computers have been standard items in our homes for most, if not all, of our lives. From the day I was born back in 1986, I can’t recall not having a computer in my house. From my dad’s early Apple through an Amiga 1200 to countless PCs and laptops (not to mention many, many video game consoles), I have always had a computer. I can recall the first computer at my primary school: a single computer with a tiny green and black screen that served over 100 kids well. I recall equally well the high tech computer labs of my high school. However, despite the increase in facilities at all schools over the past decades, I fear that computer education is fundamentally failing our children.

[What do kids need to know about computers that schools aren’t showing them? Read more of Sophie Brown’s post on GeekMom!]

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