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IT education musings to G8 chiefs to mystify IT industry

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Prime Minister David Cameron has made some baffling remarks on IT in a speech to the G8 Summit calling for greater clarity.

Speaking specifically on the subject of the UK's national curriculum and how vital it is to get "education right", Cameron told the confab:

We’re proposing more arithmetic and algebra in maths, more detail in science, more clarity on punctuation and spelling in English, more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding.

We dread to think what's involved in today's maths classes that they need more arithmetic, and less, who knows, lemon juggling.

And as for "modern methods of computing like coding", it's hard to tell exactly what the Prime Minister means: is programming computers really such a modern method? It makes little sense to an IT audience. Perhaps he means our current generation of non-programmable computing devices - like the abacus, or Stonehenge - are no longer fit for purpose in the modern IT world. In which case, we quite agree.

We shall call No. 10 to find out the real meaning of this baffling declaration.

Until then - answers below, please. ®

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