|[Ben]:||Computer Science: An Iraqi Perspective ||Discuss This [0 comments so far] View Comments|
|I'm going to be working with an Iraqi nicknamed "Jason" who immigrated here after serving as a translator for the US Marines. It has been interesting to get a perspective on some things from an Iraqi who lived under Saddam. Jason went to college in Iraq and obtained a degree in law, but unfortunately that education doesn't carry over well to the American legal system. |
As I was interviewing him to find out if he would be able to help out with some of the basic IT maintenance I've been neglecting, he described a computer class taken while Saddam was in power. The class was entirely based in theory with zero practical experience. According to him, they never once touched a computer, but it wasn't because they didn't have enough. Rather, they sat in front of a lecturer who had several systems (shut down) that he used as props in his lecture. After the US invaded Iraq, a friend of his set up a computer shop and Jason paid his friend to let him help out. When he started acting as a translator, he was ecstatic that they let him use a laptop.
I know some people can learn well by simply being shown how to do something, but it shocks me that they could have a computer class taught in pure lecture format when the students were totally deprived of the tools they were learning about. There's only so much that theory can teach you.
Computer Science: An Iraqi Perspective