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Comment Re:This pays credence to my rant about tech (Score 1) 198

In Sweden, we have consistently been going less and less memorization and this has led to lower and lower results on international tests like PISA.
Much of the discussion is why we perform lower, and it's almost never even suggested that the tests are poor indicators for actually being successful in a chosen field.
It's almost always seen as a failure of the school system.

I'm not so sure.

The biggest advantage of rote memorization early on is that you learn to accumulate minute details quickly, this really helps in certain types of education later on.

The biggest disadvantage is that you mold yourself into a stuck form since you use that system a bit too often.

Comment Re:This is not new. (Score 1) 198

Learning basic programming to kids seems like a good way to get them interested in it.

Some basic scripting, learning what if, while and loops are?
Seems very worthwhile.

Trying to teach advanced "flavor of the year" seems lika a wazte until at the very least high school though.
You can count on any specific knowledge about a programming language to be next to irrelevant in about five years.

But the basics?
They are pretty much universal.

Also, learning kids a bit about html, link structures and so on?
Also a good idea.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"