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Peter Beens

Google to fund British computer science teachers | Education | News | PC Pro - 0 views

  • Google has said it will cough up funds to train computer science teachers.
  • the funding would be handed to the charity Teach First, to put 100 recent graduates through a six-week training course and give them equipment - including the Raspberry Pi - before sending them into schools to teach.
  • "While not every child is going to become a programmer, those with aptitude shouldn't be denied the chance."
    Google has said it will cough up funds to train (British) computer science teachers.
Peter Beens

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, condemns British education system | Technology | The ... - 0 views

  • "Over the past century, the UK has stopped nurturing its polymaths. You need to bring art and science back together."
  • "It was a time when the same people wrote poetry and built bridges," he said. "Lewis Carroll didn't just write one of the classic fairytales of all time. He was also a mathematics tutor at Oxford. James Clerk Maxwell was described by Einstein as among the best physicists since Newton – but was also a published poet."
  • Schmidt said the country that invented the computer was "throwing away your great computer heritage" by failing to teach programming in schools. "I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools," he said. "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made."
    Schmidt criticises division between science and arts and says UK 'should look back to glory days of Victorian era'
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