Google and Microsoft call for improved computer science in school

Google and Microsoft have joined gaming giants including Sony and Nintendo in calling for computer science to be brought back to schools.

Settle down, class. Google and Microsoft have joined gaming giants including Sony and Nintendo in calling for computer science to be brought back to UK schools.

The technology giants have joined the Next Gen Skills Campaign, which calls for the government to ensure today's schoolchildren are endowed with computer-related skills to take on the increasingly digital job market.

Led by gaming industry body UKIE, the campaign is also backed by Sega, Electronic Arts and Activision, as well as TalkTalk and the Guardian Media Group. Various education bodies are also involved -- you at the back, are you chewing?

Prime Minister David Cameron has made encouraging noises, although there's been no official response from the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

The campaign follows the Livingstone-Hope Skills Review of Video Games and Visual Effects earlier this year, which recommends among other things that computer science be added to the national curriculum. That was co-written by gaming legend Ian Livingstone -- the man behind the Fighting Fantasy choose your own adventure books. 

Your humble correspondent's first experience of computing was a BBC Micro in school, but didn't have an email address until university. Computing in this craver's school was an after-school activity for the socially maladjusted, when we weren't swapping Doctor Who videos. You'd hope things would have changed in today's digital landscape.

Did you learn enough about computers at school? If you're in a computing job, where did you pick up your l33t skills? If you're still at school, do you think your school does enough to teach you about the digital world? Tell us your thoughts on school computing in the comments or on our Facebook page.

And where do you think you're going? The bell is for me, not for you.

About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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