[FoRK] Advice From An Old Programmer

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Jun 23 11:10:59 PDT 2011

Agree..it teaches general problem solving.  These skills are applicable 
across life.


On 6/23/2011 11:03 AM, Aaron Burt wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 10:36:59AM +1000, Jeremy Apthorp wrote:
>> Why does Joe Citizen need to know anything about programming?
>> This is like insisting that everything would be better if every child
>> understood calculus, or psychology, or Shakespeare. Everyone has different
>> interests and different dispositions. While I agree that people should know
>> that programming is a* *thing they can possibly pursue, they needn't be
>> forced to do something they hate and will never use.
> Why do we (try to) teach our kids geometry and algebra, grammar, history,
> chemistry, geography or creative writing?  Back when we were a 1st-world
> country, we even taught them some classical and modern drama, visual art,
> music, biology, and even some random sports and fitness practices.
> Automation/programming is a way of thinking about how we accomplish things.
> It is becoming relevant to any task we might want to do more than once.
> We are replacing ourselves with robots.  We better know how that works.
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