Computer science is a rather important subject that more kids have an interest in now than ever before. But should coding and all the various elements that go with it be a part of the school curriculum? We want to know your thoughts on the teaching of programming in schools.
Crowdfunding Fails To Deliver
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Ever Used A Crowdfunding Website?”
Out of a total of 103 votes, 44.7% chose Yes, I funded someone else’s dream, 39.8% chose I haven’t yet, but I might do in the future, 7.8% chose No, I don’t see the point, 3.9% chose Yes, I sought funding from others, 1.9% chose No, I think crowdfunding is a scam, and 1.9% asked, What is crowdfunding?
With so few people voting it’s impossible to draw any major conclusions from this particular poll. However, of those who did vote, the vast majority of people have either already been involved with crowdfunding or plan to do so in the future. Which suggests this is a trend not likely to disappear anytime soon.
Comment Of The Week
We received a handful of great comments, including those from John J, Eric Jay, Ron, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to Hildy J, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I crowdfunded a woman’s attempt to popularize micro satellite projects. Her particular satellite hasn’t got off the ground yet but she’s published various guides and helped other projects. I got nothing out of it besides satisfaction.
I also funded an artist’s attempt to make a clock which measured the seasons and year. The single hand makes one revolution per year. It was way late but I’ve had it on my wall for a couple of years now and I love it.
OTOH, I’ve bought into two technology products. The first eventually shipped a monstrosity that in no way resembled the images and the second, SmartyRing, while raising a Ferrari’s worth of money, has never even come up with a prototype they shared.
My advice – fund artists, not technology. Leonardo’s Last Supper was a much better investment than his orinthopter.
We chose this comment because it recounts one person’s experiences with crowdfunding, both positive and negative. The final sentence is rather good advice, especially if “artists” is replaced by “creators.” In other words, back the person, not the product.
Coding The Curriculum
There is a strong push at present to get kids coding. There are a multitude of online resources to help you learn to code, and the Hour Of Code is an attempt to get millions of youngsters learning the basics of computer science. Hell, even Barack Obama recently completed several programming tutorials, becoming the first U.S. President to code anything.
While computer science isn’t for everybody, some knowledge of coding could be vital for the future job prospects of the newest generations. Which leads to the MakeUseOf Poll question for this week… Should Coding Be Taught In Schools? As always, there are several options from which to choose.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.
Tell us the specific reasons you think coding should or should not be taught in schools. Or, alternatively, recount your personal experiences with learning how to code, whether at school or elsewhere.
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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