Links for Tuesday February 11th 2014

  • The Year of Code’s neoliberal agenda – Adrian Short
    I completely support teaching young people a basic understand of what it means to code – I think it's an increasingly vital skill to understand, even if one does not wish to do it professionally, in much the same way I think it's a good idea to have an understand of the rough shape of legal proceedings, and how the law works, even if you're not a lawyer. What I absolutely *no not* support, as expressed on this bit of writing, is teaching the idea that it is only of value to learn a skill because it will make you money. All the skills I am proudest of, and derive the most personal satisfaction from, are the ones that I *do not want* to commercialise, and we should be teaching our kids that *learning* is good, not "skills acquisition".

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