As a new National Curriculum says children in schools will start learning the principles of computer programming from kindergarten. But there are concerns teachers would be seriously unable to go through the ambitious reform agenda without meaningful retraining.
The new technologies Curriculum gives a considerable boost to the role of computer science in primary and secondary school education. Some of the authors of the Curriculum said students would be taught to write computer code from year 3 which should give them a competitive edge in the emerging digital economy.
In general, code is a set of instructions used to manage computer software.
The British Government announced it would become the first country to mandate computer programming in its schools.
On the other hand, Australia’s new curriculum was ”reasonably comparable” to Britain’s and ”has kids at least starting to get some of the ideas of programming right from kindergarten”.
Making teachers competent and confident enough to teach the content would be the main challenge.
There are over 9000 schools in Australia. Experts believe teachers in each of those schools should be capable to transfer their technical knowledge and skills and also the philosophical underpinnings of computer science.
Indeed, it is a huge job to get everyone up to scratch on this stuff. Basically, this is a very significant challenge, because many specialist teachers can not do everything that’s in the Curriculum.
It is up to the states and territories to decide whether or not they implement the Curriculum. It is just a waiting game to find out what happens and what decisions they make.