UKIE, the leading UK videogames trade body, voiced concerns today that the current National Curriculum, which is currently going under review, should include computer science as an additional subject to the current ICT program, which focuses exclusively on software usage.
As GamesIndustry.biz reports, UKIE is pressing the argument that as the current curriculum stands, younger generations will be ill-equipped to develop relevant skills in the increasingly technology-focused workplace. This not only includes game design, which was the initial focus of the argument, but that many industries that hold computer technology at their core would also begin to suffer as the gap between state learning and higher learning increases.
Ian Livingstone, Eidos Life President and UKIE Board Member, stated:
‘Our children are surrounded by computers at school, in the playground and at home. You would be forgiven for thinking that computers are the one thing that no modern pupil is missing out on, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, the narrowness of how we teach children about computers risks creating a generation of digital illiterates, and starving some of the UK’s most successful industries of the talent they need to thrive.
‘Putting computer science in the National Curriculum will have a powerful effect: it will end the isolation of computers – the defining technological force of the new century – in a strange quasi-vocational educational ghetto, and instead will prepare our pupils for some of the UK’s most successful growth industries, especially the digital and creative industries.’
Considering how popular most game design courses are, the chance for a boost earlier on in life would undoubtedly help people with the talent and drive to succeed to take the spots they need.