Coding and 3D printers on curriculum in schooling shake-up

Children as young as 5 will be learning to create computer programs in the latest UK education changes.

Students will be learning to code in schools from as young as 5, in the latest curriculum shake-up to hit the UK.

Education secretary Michael Gove's spangly new agenda for schools will see primary school children ditching word-processor training in favour of the creation and testing of computer programs, the Guardian reports.

Wrassling with computer code isn't the only high-tech addition to the education menu. The Guardian quotes a Whitehall source who reportedly said, "Three-dimensional printers will become standard in our schools -- a technology that is transforming manufacturing and the economy."

If you reckon you're technically inclined, wait until you see the cyber-hive-mind children our revamped education system produces -- coding prowess honed to such a level that they see only the Matrix and will be able to hack into our brains using a microwave.

Under the new curriculum, which only applies to schools in England and can be ignored by academies and free schools, 7-year-olds will also be taught computer-aided design.

Internet safety and how to keep personal data private will also be taught at a much younger age. Organising and storing data will be squeezed into lesson plans too.

Earlier this year Google coughed up cash to introduce 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers into UK schools , in a bid to get children interested in coding.

Do you think kids should learn to code? Can educational facilities function when every child is able to hack into school sprinkler systems? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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