Facile solution to the wrong problems

For the last few years we’ve been hearing a good many people (most of them computer programmers) say that every child should learn to code. As I write these words, I learn that Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has echoed that counsel. Learning to code is a nice thing, I suppose, but should be far, far down on our list of priorities for the young. Coding is a problem-solving skill, and few of the problems that beset young people today, or are likely to in the future, can be solved by writing scripts or programs for computers to execute.

Alan Jacobs, Minding the Digital Commons, Hedgehog Review Spring 2018

Not only do I agree with that factually, but I think we will mislead young people if we tacitly communicate that computers, properly coded, can solve our problems.

March 18, 2019


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