rmac wrote:Schools became focused on training children how to use Word, Powerpoint etc.
Undoubtly, this perfectly reflects the reality of their working life.
rmac wrote:Education should be about letting children explore and experiment, plan and create, and problem solve. Not everyone needs to become a programmer but knowing something about it can't hurt.
If they want, they can - without any guidance. I'm 45, and we just bought ZX81's or other machines and started programming. Later, I had courses in USCD Pascal and Assembler on Apple IIe's, and while they were worthwhile, they were in no way essential to catch my interest. That has happened before. Today it is much easier to get into programming as computers have become ubiquitious.
I guess every school offers courses for interested pupils. Other childs should not be forced into learning additional things which are not important for 99.99% of them. They have already enough to learn!
The Pi may or may not be the computer of choice for interested kids, dunno. They will decide
. One thing is for sure: If someone wants to program for life, his chances are best if he learns how to program a Windows machine. Sad but true.