Perhaps it is just a wrong link, so I wonder if you might have some other link to a description of this effect? It would be a shame if anyone on Slashdot took this advice seriously, lied to their spouse and hurt them by an affair and defended themselves by an unrelated experiment in a different species...
Other than that, to those saying kids should not program at this age - nobody says they will do it more than say 2 hours a week with Dad, where is the loss of social skills in that? And second - if you do not get kids inspired and excited about a bunch of things, something will. Opening up options for your kid is one of your tasks as a parent.
One of the primary goals is to foster curiosity in the kids (which is essentially internal motivation, one of the strongest forms).
The kids often work in groups on tasks that are slightly above their current skill level, which teaches them cooperation and problem-solving.
Teachers mainly come in to fill in gaps by answering questions and summarize what the kids learn.
Then the kids spend time on Khan Academy or similar doing tests to make sure they mastered the subject.
It would be interesting to see which of the elements actually helps the most - I would say it's not the "PeerMarker" software that lets pupils compare two essays and show which one is better using a slider (no written feedback on students' written assignment? that must hurt the learning, although it's understandable given the lack of teachers), but a breakdown of the other elements would be very interesting. Too bad a lot of the article focuses on math, it would be interesting to see more detail e.g. about writing.
If there's a consciousness in the simulation, then consciousness is just a result of a deterministic calculation, isn't it? In that case, what's the point of "asking ourselves"? Our consciousness would also be just a deterministic process so we can ask all we want but the answers we will arrive at are already given and we could not change them no matter how hard we "tried to think it through"... yawn
You are false data.