“The government didn’t take a blind bit of notice” of the Next Gen report

Julian Benson January 26, 2012 - 12:34 pm

MP Ed Vaizey has criticised the government’s initial reaction to the Next Gen report, saying that it “didn’t take a blind bit of notice”.

MP Ed Vaizey commissioned the Next Gen report – a look at the state of the British games industry – and says the government “didn’t take a blind bit of notice”. It wasn’t until Eric Schmidt criticised the state of British computer science that they took heed.

Speaking at the Learning Without Frontiers event yesterday, he talked of the “sea change” in opinion that had taken place since Schmidt’s speech. The report has received backing in The House of Lords, as well as support from Prime Minister David Cameron.

It’s been less than a year since the Next Gen report was published, and it is certainly looking like it will have an effect. The report made 20 recommendations on how to improve Britain’s technology industry. Things like “Bring computer science into the National Curriculum as an essential discipline” and “Include art and computer science in the English Baccalaureate”. The conclusions of the report were that it was too easy for students to have minimal contact with computers, something that would continue to damage our advancement in the field.

So, hopefully we’ll start seeing these recomendations acted upon.

To read an interview with Ian Livingstone, life president of Eidos and co-author of the report, click here. For the rest of the news on the Next Gen report click here.

[via Wired]



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