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Computer science literacy at schools

 
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Hi Aimee,
 
  Congratulations for this new book , its a good attempt i would say.What is your opinion on the Computer science literacy generally
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  Middle schools students now work on their class works ,project works on their PCs ,but how literate are they on the computer science fundamentals,that's a big question?

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meenakshi sundar wrote:. . . Middle schools students now work on their class works ,project works on their PCs . . .

They are simply using their PCs as glorified sheets of paper. The only difference from what I had to do fifty years ago is that characters and images like this one:- are much less common than in my day
 
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Sure about that? I thought they used slate and stylus in your days.  
 
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meenakshi sundar wrote:Middle schools students now work on their class works ,project works on their PCs ,but how literate are they on the computer science fundamentals,that's a big question?


But how literate do they need to be? The mere use of a computer does not necessitate any knowledge in Computer Science. And not everyone has the interest or the aptitude for the subject. What's critical, I think, is to identify the appropriate level at which students who are interested in the subject are introduced to the concepts.
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:

meenakshi sundar wrote:Middle schools students now work on their class works ,project works on their PCs ,but how literate are they on the computer science fundamentals,that's a big question?


But how literate do they need to be? The mere use of a computer does not necessitate any knowledge in Computer Science. And not everyone has the interest or the aptitude for the subject. What's critical, I think, is to identify the appropriate level at which students who are interested in the subject are introduced to the concepts.



Hi!

I actually don't know what the level of computer literacy is at schools, especially because it tends to vary from school to school. I know some schools prioritize computer science education as young as preschool, and other schools are still teaching typing. But I do know it's far more common now than it was even a decade ago, when I was in high school. So it's certainly trending in the right direction. Still a long ways to go, of course.
 
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When my son took his AP class in computer programming (Java) it drove me nuts to see what and how he was being taught. Pretty much the same gripes we often have with the examples we see posted around here, especially in the Beginner forum. My constant and continuing beef with academia is that they don't seem to be keeping up with the times. Many teachers are still telling their students to use Math.random() instead of java.util.Random, for example. We see quite a few using BufferedInputReader or whatever instead of Scanner. We also see many students go through an entire first course in Java without even getting away from public static methods. It's totally aggravating to me to see because I know we can teach them better ways, almost right off the bat.

See this example of someone who thought what I showed him about writing tests first was way over his head but then at the end of the day (literally), he got it: https://coderanch.com/t/40/720882/java/trouble-min-max-nums
 
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Piet Souris wrote:. . . I thought they used slate and stylus in your days.  

The dreaded steel pen. I do remember writing on a slate, however.
 
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