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Coding IS the new literacy.

3 years 8 months ago #62 by PABlo
Let’s rid ourselves of the idea that only geeks and techies need to learn how to program — it’s just not true.

Coding isn’t trendy or some kind of fad. It’s the language that drives much of our world today, from the wearable devices we’re now sporting, to the tools we use in the workplace, to the smart appliances in our homes.

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3 years 8 months ago #63 by PABlo
Replied by PABlo on topic Coding IS the new literacy.
Here is an opposing viewpoint: "Please don't learn how to code" by Basel Farag (published on Techcrunch.com)

There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. But here’s the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy.

If you regularly pay attention to the cultural shenanigans of Silicon Valley, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Learn to Code” movement. Politicians, nonprofit organizations like Code.org and even former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City have evangelized what they view as a necessary skill for tomorrow’s workforce.

There may be some truth to that, especially since the United States’ need for engineers shows no sign of slowing down.

But the picture is more complicated.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/please-dont-learn-to-code

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