Conrad Wolfram

Computational thinking is the code to success

The computer-based problem-solving process is so powerful in addressing real-life challenges that it should be a core educational subject, argues one technologist

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An idea formed more than 35 years ago in the US – “computational thinking” – has recently re-emerged, with many on both sides of the Atlantic now going so far as suggesting that it should be introduced into schools as a central imperative in everything they do.

But what is it? And are such broad-ranging claims really justified? And how might it relate to today’s school curriculum and subjects, particularly coding and maths?

If you accept, as I do, that the overriding purpose of education is to enrich life (yours, your society’s, not just in riches but also in meaning) then new approaches that ...

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