Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asked the Prime Minister to commit to teaching coding in every primary school. Prime Minister Abbott’s nonsensical response was ,”He says that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so that they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do?”
The Prime Minister’s response shows how woefully out of touch he is with the modern world and what education is about.
I’ve had a close relationship with education for much of my work life. I started my career as a secondary school teacher back in the 1990s. I’ve got three kids who have attended both state and independent schools and worked as the IT manager at a large independent school. I’ve served on school council and have contributed to education-focused publications.
None of these means I have all the answers. But I have seen, read and discussed enough to be able to offer some informed opinions.
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