Gove on Computer Science — and Mathematical Logic

It seems that Mathematical Logic may be the next big thing in education, at least according to Michael Gove’s speechwriters. Here are quotes from his speech :

The best degrees in computer science are among the most rigorous and respected qualifications in the world. They’re based on one of the most formidable intellectual fields – logic and set theory – and prepare students for immensely rewarding careers and world-changing innovations […]

Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11 year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations using an MIT tool called Scratch. By 16, they could have an understanding of formal logic

previously covered only in University courses and be writing their own Apps for smartphones.

What follows at practical level is more sensational:

That’s why I am announcing today that the Department for Education is opening a consultation on withdrawing the existing National Curriculum Programme of Study for ICT from September this year.

The traditional approach would have been to keep the Programme of Study in place for the next four years while we assembled a panel of experts, wrote a new ICT curriculum, spent a fortune on new teacher training, and engaged with exam boards for new ICT GCSES that would become obsolete almost immediately.

We will not be doing that.

Technology in schools will no longer be micromanaged by Whitehall. By withdrawing the Programme of Study, we’re giving schools and teachers freedom over what and how to teach; revolutionising ICT as we know it.

See also:

Michael Gove Written Ministerial Statement on ICT – 11 Jan 2012 (Word, 36 Kb). [And here is a local copy of the file of statement.]

Comments are welcome.

1 thought on “Gove on Computer Science — and Mathematical Logic

  1. I laugh, half despairingly and half amusedly, Michael Gove is doing the very thing that he claims he isn’t and is micro-managing schools from Whitehall.

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