26 July, 2008 by penguinunearthed
There’s a great programming language, called Scratch, which makes it incredibly easy to create games. If by any possible chance you want to teach someone how to program a computer the easiest possible way, you should use Scratch.
Chatterboy, who is shaping up to possibly be a bit of a geek, made this program
for a school project.*
But the NSW Education Department has decided that Scratch is too dangerous to be able to be used on school computers. It’s banned. So his teacher can’t even look at it to decide whether its any good or not. She’s a great teacher, so she’ll go home and check it out there.
But a classic example of the NSW education system failing to keep up with the modern world. Something that has been lauded anywhere
you care to look as a great way to teach programming without kids realising they are learning, has been banned, I assume because you might manage to play a computer game while learning.
* As an aside, unlike Laura at 11D, Chatterboy is very lucky in his teacher and the projects she asks them to do. This project asked them to choose an Olympic sport, and then present the sport and its rules any way they chose to the teacher – the more creative the better. Mr Penguin helped him with it, (and had the original idea) but he did the programming pretty much himself.