Google co-founder wants more computers in schools

High school dropout Sergey Brin has a few ideas on how the U.S. education system should be improved. Not surprisingly for the guy who co-founded Google, where he still serves as president of technology and one of the company’s three key decision-makers, a lot of those ideas center on computers, reports the Los Angeles Times. "It’s important for students to be put in touch with real-world problems," Brin said. "The curriculum should include computer science. Mathematics should include statistics. The curriculums should really adjust." He advocated putting all textbooks on computers to make for easier access, and for putting high school students to work by writing Wikipedia articles and teaching technology to senior citizens and middle school students. In teaching, he said, they will learn. Brin spoke Oct. 28 at a conference on Google’s campus, called "Breakthrough Learning in the Digital Age,” which the tech company co-hosted with Common Sense Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The presence of Brin at the conference, as well as Google CEO Eric Schmidt and company vice president Marissa Mayer, speaks volumes to the company’s commitment to education, said Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, an advocacy group. "It’s a very positive symbolic role," Steyer said. "Google is serious about helping kids, particularly disadvantaged kids."

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