I found the blog very arrogant, especially this part:
We do value and respect your help, but please respect our professionalism – you’re not just someone who could be doing our job but chose to do something else.
Arrogant because she asks to respect her professionalism yet does not acknowledge ours, it should have read:
We do value and respect your help and professionalism, but please respect our professionalism – you’re not just someone who could be doing our job but chose to do something else.
I agree it should be more important than it is, but what people are ignoring is that there are still going to be plenty of roles where it's not anywhere near as important as the ability to read and write well. As always, we need not to overbalance.
That being said, even if it were 'much less of a life skill', so what? It's a GCSE. Therefore we should expect the same level of proficiency out of people taking it that we do for English, Maths and Science, regardless of if they're going to be the next Alan Turing or if they're going to be burger flipping for the rest of their days. We can't just go "Oh, it's fine, that one's not important." and expect people to take it seriously.
Edit: Even if the people who take it at GCSE and don't give two proverbial poops about it, we've lost the "Why?"..
KidsPeople seem to have lost the curiosity for why things do what they do. Hardly anybody delves into the nitty-gritty of anything anymore because "I can pay someone who knows better to do it for me.", and whilst that follows soundly (They know better, it's their job, they have less chance of mucking it up than I do), this only works in the short-term.
Last edited by Garacesh; 6th June 2014 at 11:30 AM.
It's worth pointing out that the new computing curriculum isn't solely about teaching programming.
It's also about pupils learning how to think things though logically.
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