Comment on the article "Children" or again on the teaching of computer science

Published on March 24, 2009

Comment on the article "Children" or again on the teaching of computer science

    I read the article (the beginning ), in each line I saw “my” children.
    I wanted to write a comment, but somehow it quietly turned into an article.


    Sitting at computer science lessons at school I was thinking only about one thing: “why are they needed?” I went because I had to report for the passes, and somewhere deep down in my soul there was a hope to hear something not about MS Word and MS Excel. In one of these lessons, I decided that I would become a teacher of computer science and I would teach children not applications, but something really needed. How much more I still had to learn about what the education system is ... how naive I was.

    To teach or not to teach?

    Needless to say that in ped. Higher education computer science is taught not much better than at school? And not only teachers are to blame for this. Among them, there are enough of those who know not only the contents of the GOS “for show”, but really know their subject, are engaged in the development of applications / devices. I will not name their names so as not to offend the rest. It is better to write a letter of appreciation to the university management after graduation with a request to note them and financially reward them. We will try to find the culprits at the end of the article.
    In September, an opportunity appeared to earn extra money in one of the city colleges. “There it is!” I thought, and ped. practice was on the nose.
    I was immediately pleased that I had to write a set of documents in 2 disciplines (program, ctp, etc.)
    The college is a classic SPOU, where students are treated like children and the atmosphere is as close as possible to the school. Who knows what relations are in the team of teachers of the school, where women work mainly, he will understand what kind of lifestyle there is.
    I got 3 and 4 year students, some of them were older than me.
    I went to the first lesson as a holiday ... 1 student was sitting in the audience. He met me with an astonished look, which asked me 3 questions: “what ...?”, “Who are you?” And “what do you want?” ... Almost the whole group came to the second lesson and everyone had an address written on which I should go with my networks.
    With the 3rd course it was easier, but in their eyes there was a clear reluctance to begin to study computer science in the last 2 years of study. And the teacher, in addition, is only a year older ...
    Time passed, the couples went into a constant battle for silence ... A pronounced reluctance to understand computer science as "a collection of MS Office applications and what you can create in them" on my part, and the reluctance to perceive the material, backed by the lack of basic knowledge in the disciplines preceding mine - on the part of the students did their job. By February, couples began to be perceived as something unpleasant and inevitable.
    It is my fault that I could not interest students in my discipline. I did not have enough experience, somewhere I didn’t have enough authority, yet the age difference between the teacher and the ward plays an important role. But, like the author of the article, the commentary on which quietly grew into an independent article, I learned a good lesson. During this academic year, I learned more about teaching than in the previous 3 at the university.
    And if as a schoolboy I, like all classmates, blamed the computer science teacher in all the horror that we studied in the lessons, then having visited the other side of the barricade, I changed my mind and I think that there is a way to rectify the situation ...
    Next year I hope to graduate. The “teacher” is not just a profession, it is a great responsibility for the wards whom you taught / did not teach something. I’m not afraid of responsibility, I don’t know if I can realize what I wanted at school.
    To feed a family, teachers have to take 2-3 rates. Increasing the number of bets adversely affects ped. process.
    This applies not only to computer science teachers. The state should ensure the normal existence of teachers (as well as doctors, law enforcement officers, etc.) because the future of the country depends on them. This is a common truth, which, alas, our officials do not want to notice.

    3 steps to “it-revolution” in education

    1. Teacher update.
      I already hear a bunch of screams that today's teachers also need to eat, but not retire.
      I am not talking about everyone without exception. We need young teachers of those disciplines that are related to IT. With all due respect to the doctors of science, they, for the most part, are not able to keep up with the development of IT.
      If we are talking about the need to “retire” to the older generation, the state is obliged to provide them with normal living conditions (social package, high pension).
      IMHO it is better to supplement them with young specialists who will help them, eventually becoming their full replacement.
      We have one teacher. I have not met a man who would know his subject more than him, who would love his subject more than he. But due to age, this teacher cannot just as quickly grasp everything new that appears in the “world of computers”. One of the classes was almost disrupted due to the fact that MS Office 2007 was installed on the laptop instead of the expected 2003. An assistant in this case would be indispensable help to the teacher.
    2. Change in state educational standard
      Have you read the State Educational Standards ? I read ... the hair on my head stood on end ... And the program must be made in accordance with it, and children should be taught strictly according to the program.
      Unfortunately, I can’t quote from the standard right now, but if it’s interesting to the people of the city, I’ll try to find it. It seems that GOS was a person very far from IT.
      IMHO, ideally, the compilation of the GOS should be entrusted to the hara-people (I don’t know any other IT community of this level), then to be sent to teachers for editing, and then to edit what the teachers corrected or oversaw the hara
    3. Organization of courses for teachers, with a public evaluation system for these courses.
      Courses are needed to explain to teachers that the PowerPoint file is not a presentation, but a visual aid, that indentation with "intera" is evil, that a hyphen instead of a hyphen is bad, that "hacking the school server" aka the teacher’s computer is not a crime for which children should be restricted access to computer audiences ... etc.
      The audience should evaluate the quality of these courses so that there are no such masterpieces: screenshots of PowerPoint slides and MS Word documents from the CD “Intel“ Learning for the Future ””