Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why Johnny Can't Program: A New Medium Requires A New Literarcy

I agree this is a major problem. I think there are two causes.

The first is just the decline in funding for anything but the basics, and often not even that, in most schools. When I grew up our high school had a computer club and we went on field trips to see computers (this was in the 70's) and we even experimented building and programming computers using kits. This wasn't a school for gifted children. It was just your average middle class suburban high school. Now I doubt you would have any support for these kinds of programs in anything but the most elite schools.

The other cause I think is that more and more there is an emphasis on schools to train people for jobs. So that is why when high school kids do get training its for things like MS Office. Those skills are the most likely to get them an entry level job. And once in college the vast majority of the best American kids go for the careers likely to lead to management careers or other things seen as higher status and better paying than software engineering.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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