The future is unpredictable. A person of any mind can’t predict the future with a hundred percent guarantee. But if we look at the present technology and as we advance, it is crystal clear that the future will be based on having more machine learning, robots, AI technology, computer science, etc. Therefore, the students should be trained and educated about this learning so that they can uphold the expectations of present thinking.
But instead of students being more involved with robotics or computer sciences, they are busy with their old curriculum, which includes history, foreign language, reading, writing, etc. The major problem which lies between them is that computer sciences and robotics are considered to be the extras or additional subjects which matter less with the overall marks percentage of students. The importance which should be given to these subjects which will help in future development is not given enough importance. The curriculum we follow has been regarded as the same since 1918.
It is based on facts, which students are forced to learn line by line to secure marks. This only develops memorizing power but not problem-solving, creative thinking, digital skills, collaboration, etc. Famous quotes said by Albert Einstein “Education is not learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein believed that education should not be about facts, but it should be ideas that matter. School education is based completely on learning facts, but it does not regard ideas and new learning.
As a society, we are failing to meet the challenge of redefining the foundation of education, which would teach children skills like solving problems, innovating and succeeding. We are failing to adequately prepare the next generation for the future.
Schools must teach computer sciences as a part of the core curriculum. As it would encourage students to develop new technologies. Computer science is not only about coding but much more than that. It includes computational thinking, interface design, data analysis, machine learning, robotics, cyber security, and networking. Learning computer science help to encourage skill like creativity, problem-solving, ethics, and collaboration. These skills are lacking by students of the present generation, or they develop them after school, which takes time. These skills are not just important for technical careers but also valuable for all economies around the world.
According to a recorded survey, students prefer and enjoy art and design, performing arts and computer sciences, and engineering more than subjects like Mathematics, Science, English, and History. Therefore, there should be debates held regarding these topics, and education leaders should take steps to change the curriculum of 1918 to the curriculum of 2020. Furthermore, they should take steps to change the education of the past to the education of the future by adding computer science and robotics to the main rather than them being part of hackathons, clubs, or contests.
In the past, different students were taught in the same way. It is like a class of students with different capabilities, but they are taught the same way, which would be a cup of tea for some but tedious for some, and the rest would be said as average. But now, school systems should change, and their approach and way towards educating should change. The future is about paving steps for students according to their capacities and abilities and developing technical skills and mindset which would help them as well the country for developing and competing with the world’s growth.
Instructions that were given in the past were theory-based. Still, they need to change, and the future instructions should be project-based, which would help students build experiences and think out of the box rather than curbing around the same set of knowledge.
Around the world, many countries have started embracing computer science as part of the national curriculum. In the US, 44 states have changed their policies regarding computer science as part of academics. Not only the US, but 25 more countries have also changed their overlook towards computer science and announced plans to expand its access. Countries include the UK, Thailand, Australia, South Korea, Argentina, Malaysia, Italy, etc.
Teaching computer science in school may sound alarming, but it is an idea that generates hope for other skills which are the need of the hour for the students. It inspires teachers and engages students. Even though the majority of the world’s teachers don’t have experience in computer science and many of the world’s schools lack connected computers, these are problems we can and should solve. Many countries like Brazil, Chile and Nigeria are trying to build plans to tackle these challenges, and the rest others shall follow suit.
Future is dependable on the present generation as they are its creators, so it can be said that the present generation is the era of responsibility. But it is quite clear that the demand for computer science will be high in the near future. Hopefully, schools will take action to consider it as important as other subjects.
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