Guy English: “But, letâ€™s not kid ourselves, literacy is the new literacy. The ability to read, comprehend, digest and come to rational conclusions â€” thatâ€™s what we need more of. We donâ€™t, as a society, need more people who have the mechanical knowledge to turn RSS feeds into Twitter spam. We donâ€™t need anything more posted to Facebook, we donâ€™t need anything we photograph to appear on Instagram and Flickr. If â€œscriptingâ€ is the new literacy then weâ€™ve failed. Weâ€™ve become Mario drowning on a Water Level.”
Guy nails it. As software guys we tend to think it’s all about code and the computer.
We need folks to learn the basics so they can navigate life. We need teachers that can actually teach. We need to stop the madness that is standardized testing. Let schools teach kids, not just prepare them for a test.
Let’s return to apprenticeships. Not every kid wants to be a scientist. Not every kid is going to make it through college. We need people to do what they love and be great at it.