[Edu-sig] Slashdot article: Do Kids Still Program?

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Sat Apr 29 13:58:08 CEST 2006

"From his journal, hogghogg asks: "I keep finding myself in conversations 
with tertiary educators in the hard sciences (Physics, Astronomy, 
Chemistry, etc.) who note that even the geeks—those who voluntarily choose 
to major in hard sciences—enter university never having programmed a 
computer. When I was in grade six, the Commodore PET came out, and I 
jumped at the opportunity to learn how to program it. Now, evidently, most 
high school computer classes are about Word (tm) and Excel (tm). Is this a 
bad thing? Should we care?" Do you think the desire to program computers 
has declined in the younger generations? If so, what reasons might you 
cite as the cause?"

Lots of discusssion related to the themes of edusig and CP4E.

--Paul Fernhout

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