“I think given how pervasive computers and the internet is now, and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure that they know how to actually produce stuff using computers, and not simply consume stuff.”
As part of the Google+ Discussion the President of the United States noted that video games are a large force in young people’s lives using Mark Zuckerberg as an example, “You look at someone like Mark Zuckerberg [co-founder of Facebook], he taught himself programming, primarily because he was interested in games. There are a whole bunch of young people out there I suspect who, if in high school are given the opportunity to figure out ‘here’s how you can design your own games’, but it requires you to know math, and it requires you to know science, or ‘here’s what a career in graphic design looks like’ – we’re going to start setting those programmes in our high schools, not waiting to go to community college,”
This is really amazing and it is fantastic to see that video games are being treated as something serious rather than being seen as childish or worse, being used as a scapegoat thus being portrayed in a negative light. Hopefully we could be seeing some curriculum changes soon because we at VGU would love to see some programming or design lessons being implemented into schools!
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