I remember using my family PC to type papers with Word Prefect and play Chuck Yeager’s Flight Simulator.
The ‘c’ prompt would flash waiting for me to key in the executable.
I remember Wheel of Fourtune was “wof.exe.” If you ever forget an executable name, you would have to look through the files using the “dir” function.
Fast forward twenty years, and I stood by a younger friend in amazement as he discovered file folder structure and organization for the first time. He had never even looked at the C-drive before.
I was shocked that someone who grew-up with email, Internet and Windows 95, would have so much trouble with technology. This is when I realized the importance of understanding both form and function.
Before that moment, my friend had only understood function. You turn on the computer. You sign in. You click the icon. End of story. There was no need to understand the “man behind the curtain.”
In a slick age of technology, the roots of computing is easily looked past.
Google’s Eric Schmidt recently criticized education in the UK, challenging them along the same lines. The overall criticism, however, could easily be applied to other countries and organized forms of education.
It’s not widely known, but the world’s first office computer was built in 1951 by Lyons’ chain of tea shops. Yet today, none of the world’s leading exponents in these fields are from the UK.
He goes on and voices his amazement that computer science is not taught as a standard in UK schools.
Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it’s made. That is just throwing away your great computing heritage.
As I have been wrangling a server migration of almost a dozen sites, I have had to deepen my understanding and knowledge behind the server and databases. Slowly my head is wrapping itself around the concepts, and as my understanding increases, I’ve become more agile in other areas.
In this day and age, why do we teach cursive writing and not typing?
Why wood-shop class and not computer programming?