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The Year of Code's neoliberal agenda - Adrian Short
"So the Year of Code isn’t about doing fun stuff with JavaScript, Python and Ruby. It’s about building another element of a society where those that don’t work don’t eat, and where the rewards of work are skewed ever further towards a tiny minority at the top of the pile... It’s about creating childhoods overshadowed by adult anxieties about work and economic survival. It’s about replacing the broad expanse of education – with all the exploration, creativity and genuine freedom that implies – with the narrow tunnel of schooling. It’s training children to have “relevant” employer-friendly skills and the right attitudes and politics to go with them." Yeah, that. I have no problem with the idea of teaching code, but I don't care for the idea that you're teaching code so that people can do code for a living. Education is about more than a direct translation of rote learning to skills for business; it should be about skills for the soul. for the well-rounded adult yet-to-be. I hadn't twigged that the thing that always rankled with me was the 'neoliberal' part.
careers  children  education  schooling 
february 2014 by infovore
Teaching Kids Programming - O'Reilly Radar
"I think there's a lesson here: doing something in hardware isn't automatically cool, particularly for kids. It's harder to make things happen, so we veteran geeks get a thrill from it. We think that because it's physical, real, and a Robot, kids will automatically be excited. But for kids who are learning, and who don't appreciate the significance of the challenge, it's just hard and unrewarding."
programming  computing  education  teaching  children  physicalcomputing  hardware  electronics 
march 2009 by infovore
Video games are good for children - EU report | Technology | The Guardian
"Toine Manders, the Dutch liberal MEP who drafted the report, said: "Video games are in most cases not dangerous. We heard evidence from experts on computer games and psychologists from France, the US, Germany and the Netherlands and they told us that video games have a positive contribution to make to the education of minors."" Etcetera.
games  children  education  learning  politics  health  europe  pscyhology 
february 2009 by infovore
Obituary: Tony Hart | Media | The Guardian
"Morph was sometimes supposed to copy Hart's own artistic work, but not perfectly. In this way nervous children were reassured that even their endearing hero Morph could get it wrong, which made them determined to pick up their pens and pencils and other objects and do better... He believed that most of the things he did could be done only [on television]: "I hope that by example, and by humour, children will start to make pictures for themselves. Show them, don't tell them!"" I was terrible at art, and most forms of drawing, but I could watch his hands work all day.
art  learning  education  children  obituary  tonyhart 
january 2009 by infovore
Preoccupations: Our work (so far) this year
I would kill to be 14 and to be taught by David. Other than this: wow, what a line-up of casual talks, and what a wake-up call about how kids use the internet.
games  children  education  learning  teaching  talks  teens  ict  stpauls  davidsmith 
january 2009 by infovore
Obituary: Douglas Keen | Books | The Guardian
"As editorial director of Ladybird Books, Douglas Keen, who has died aged 95, was responsible for the first experience of reading of millions of children." Myself included; I learned to read with Peter, Jane, and my Mum, sitting on my bedroom floor each morning.
books  reading  education  children  ladybird  douglaskeen  obituary 
november 2008 by infovore
Hotmilkydrink: Vermin, feral, animals: Is this really how we view children?
"We MUST keep arguing for, and ensure, that all our young people are valued, challenged and that the highest expectation what they can do and where they can go is the minimum they experience when they are in the education system. We’re failing them if we don't and if that's the case then get somebody in who can do it." Yes.
children  education  research  society 
november 2008 by infovore
Preoccupations: Teaching
"...you have to like children... If you do not, you will never be able to treat them as individuals... the test of whether you enjoy children's company is whether you find them fun." David quoting Mike Baker. Fab.
teaching  education  children  adult 
september 2007 by infovore

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