Prof K Nageshwar: Should children be pushed into software coding? (Video)

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(NEP) is an omnibus document. It tries to embrace all the change that it sees unfolding before it. Various keywords that construct and advertise the 21st century have been woven into it. Phrases like artificial intelligence”, machine learning”, big data” and computational thinking” are sprinkled around. One of the bridges that it builds to what it assumes to be a damn-sure future is a proposal of lessons in computer coding for middle-school children. Those in class VI, that is, at the threshold of their adolescence.

For some strange reason, the NEPs proposal for coding activities” reads like Macaulays minute for English education in the early 19th century, when the focus was to develop Indian clerks for the progress of the East India Company and British Empire. However outrageous it may sound, to push children into coding so early in life may be about developing clerks for the digital age. There is nothing wrong in learning something new, but the question is: Should code writing, an act of instructing computers in clipped languages that convert to binary codes, be seen as a basic skill like reading or a life skill like swimming? Or, should it remain a vocational skill, based on aptitude? Coding is not to be confused with computer literacy, which children anyway pick up very early, given the gadgets all around.

Its not hard to see where the push for catch them young” is coming from. There is a romance about the Silicon Valley school/college dropout billionaire that has entered our new world mythologies, one that the NEP clearly subscribes to. Examine advertisements from teaching factories that prop up on the social media feeds of parents. Heres a sample proposition: Kickstart your kids journey to create the next billion-dollar idea of the tech world.” It also promises to send handpicked passionate early coders to Silicon Valley…” The course, it adds, will teach foundational understanding of logic, structure, sequence, commands and algorithmic thinking.” The industrys campaigning is strong. We may desire many skills that would help our children handle their emotional well-being at that age, but those skills may not receive such a push because there is no industry to promote them. There are no stocks to be traded, nor profits to be made.


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Prof K Nageshwar:  Should children be pushed into software coding? (Video)
Prof K Nageshwar: Should children be pushed into software coding? (Video)
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Register Online for Graduates MLC. Here is the link: https://ceotserms1.telangana.gov.in/MLC/form18.aspx
? || Should children be pushed into software coding? ||
(NEP) is an omnibus document. It tries to embrace all the change that it sees unfolding before it. Various keywords that construct and advertise the 21st century have been woven into it. Phrases like artificial intelligence”, machine learning”, big data” and computational thinking” are sprinkled around. One of the bridges that it builds to what it assumes to be a damn-sure future is a proposal of lessons in computer coding for middle-school children. Those in class VI, that is, at the threshold of their adolescence.
For some strange reason, the NEPs proposal for coding activities” reads like Macaulays minute for English education in the early 19th century, when the focus was to develop Indian clerks for the progress of the East India Company and British Empire. However outrageous it may sound, to push children into coding so early in life may be about developing clerks for the digital age. There is nothing wrong in learning something new, but the question is: Should code writing, an act of instructing computers in clipped languages that convert to binary codes, be seen as a basic skill like reading or a life skill like swimming? Or, should it remain a vocational skill, based on aptitude? Coding is not to be confused with computer literacy, which children anyway pick up very early, given the gadgets all around.
Its not hard to see where the push for catch them young” is coming from. There is a romance about the Silicon Valley school/college dropout billionaire that has entered our new world mythologies, one that the NEP clearly subscribes to. Examine advertisements from teaching factories that prop up on the social media feeds of parents. Heres a sample proposition: Kickstart your kids journey to create the next billion-dollar idea of the tech world.” It also promises to send handpicked passionate early coders to Silicon Valley…” The course, it adds, will teach foundational understanding of logic, structure, sequence, commands and algorithmic thinking.” The industrys campaigning is strong. We may desire many skills that would help our children handle their emotional well-being at that age, but those skills may not receive such a push because there is no industry to promote them. There are no stocks to be traded, nor profits to be made.

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