We got a chance to speak to tech genius and futurologist; Jason Bradbury about the future of computing education. His answer blew me away.
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We asked Jason Bradbury about what his views are on the use of games for modern-education and the use of teaching code to today’s society.
So, after I asked this – Bradbury had an immediate response; he himself has three children which all fall under the 6-11 year old category that was asked about.
“They all love Minecraft.”
The way in which kids are taught how to code is very misguided; “we really shouldn’t be teaching the kids of today how to code.”
This all comes down to Bradbury’s other technological predictions for the future; where we live in a world where computers are the ones who code, on our behalf. These computers should completely let our future generation take their hands off the controls while computers do the hard bits.
And it was at this point where Bradbury mentioned a completely opposite component; “art”.
“We need to introduce this element of art into our future generations’ education; the government should completely reform ‘STEM’ whereby the new education scheme becomes ‘STEAM’.”
England is the intellectual capital of Europe, which needs to be home to a whole new creative hub; the hub that our future generation will inhabit and develop.
“Our job, as humans, is to educate our kids, but not how we were educated, because we were brought up to adapt a whole new era, and the same trend will be shown for the next generation, whereby the way they are taught should be completely different; we need to educate our kids, but to be creative individuals, not just core-coders. Because coding is a future that our kids just won’t experience, specifically for those that are already within the 6-11 y/o age range.”
Bradbury made reference to a post from Twitter – whereby the pace of disruption has increased exponentially. For every 100 in the world, there are 40 internet users and 25 social media users.
“This rapidity of growth simply knocks your head right off!”
The radical opinion, Bradbury says, is that we, and our future generation need to become imagineers, not engineers.