Coding - the new Latin
On: 11/28/2011 Views: 160
The BBC Reports: "The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills — particularly coding — in schools is gathering force.Today the likes of Google, Microsoft and other leading technology names will lend their support to the case made to the government earlier this year in a report called Next Gen. It argued that the UK could be a global hub for the video games and special effects industries — but only if its education system got its act together."The report says that the 16,500 students studying a computer science degree in 2003 fell to just 10,600 by 2007. "although it's recovered a little to 13,600 last year, that's at a time in major growth in overall applications, so the percentage of students looking to study the subject has fallen from 5% to 3%."Personally, I don't see how the "Latin" analogy this story uses works. Although the point is clear:Computer Science is becoming niche and "un-cool" and is not taught well enough in schools. This needs to change and it seems the cogs are starting to turn.