Technology Education At School

A few days ago I watched one of my favorite shows,  “Q & A” . It’s a chat show based on Politics. So, on Sunday they were talking about Technology Education. What’s This? Well, it was about teaching children the likes of coding. This would start at primary school. Technology is becoming more and more part of our lives. But does that mean it’s necessary to be teaching this sort of things at such a young age? I don’t think so.

Yes, computer skills are needed these days, but how far should it go. One thing that concerns me about this is the amount of time children spend in front of screens. Our children have the likes of iPads in the classroom. We often get photos and videos of whats going on at school. It is also part of the homework they get. They are just 8 & 5.

It is a big part of the future.With things increasing at the rate they are, we don’t know where we will be in 15-20 years, do we. But, I still think there are other things we need to educate our children on that are just as important. So, what is this?

I think finance should be a bigger part of school curriculum. What exactly? Well, the topic of “Poverty” is always in the media. There are many people that live in Poverty. But I don’t think it’s as bad as we often hear. I think with better education on the likes of money and finance, we would be much better off. Things like saving, mortgages, budgeting. I think many households could easily save at least $50-$100 dollars a week if they used their money better. How ? Well, what do you buy at the supermarket? Do some eat takeaways a few times too many? What do you spend on the likes of vehicles? What does your mobile phone cost you each month?

I’m a big lover of history. It’s just as interesting as the future. At least we know many things that happened in the past. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to jump back a few hundred years and see things going on? What about a couple of hundred million and check out the dinosaurs !! My son would love that. He’s right into dinosaurs and is a bit of an expert.

BUT….how does learning this sort of stuff help children with their future? I think very little.

Parents need to take more responsibility for some of these things. It was recently said here that parents are “partly responsible” for truancy. PARTLY ? Who else is responsible for it. Our children are our responsibility. Here in New Zealand, I sometimes think many should drop their children off at Parliament. Children are our responsibility, not our Governments !!

So, that’s my opinion  !!  WHAT ABOUT YOURS ?


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  1. Claire - StartACraftBlog on July 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    ooh well I both disagree and agree with you!

    I disagree the coding shouldn’t be taught at primary school. You know when kids are so young that they absorb everything like a frickin sponge…. coding is basically language. The earlier they can learn, the better.
    I remember that my dad and I got a ‘house’ computer back when I was around 8 years old and I started to learn the basics of coding. Ten years later I was off to University to study software engineering. There could be little geniusesseseses in the making and if they know that they love coding at a young age, then they will be confident in what they want to do with their lives.

    The bit I agree with… is teaching kids about money management, mortgages, how to conduct yourself in a job interview… life skills that are important and insanely useful, especially if kids decide to leave school at the age of 16 (like they can in the UK)

    • Bryce on July 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Great comment. I think it’s a good option, but what I think is more important is the financial education

  2. on July 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I Definately don’t agree with kids getting iPads at such an early age, also I’m not a fan of kids sitting in front of the computer or TV, it messes their eye sight and posture, not to mention they miss out on a lot of fun things to do outside, like playing in the mud and looking for warms:) great post.

    • Bryce on July 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Exactly !! Yes, They need to be outside running around like we did when we were young.
      Thank you 🙂

  3. Hannah on July 4, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I could not agree more! I went to go swimming with a friend and her 5 year old niece said she would rather stay inside and play on her IPad… WHAT. I think if we teach coding early, it will only gaurantee a life of computers and technology for our children. If they grow up being in nature and enjoying life and eventually want to go into technology based fields, they can learn it then. Lets stick to playing sports and enjoying nature and even financial education before we even think about technology!

    • Bryce on July 4, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Some good points Hannah. Pretty sad if someone that young is thinking like that.
      THANK YOU 🙂

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