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What most schools don’t teach…

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The Youtube video below is an eye opener, and really, if you think about it, very true!

What most schools don’t teach…is how to program a computer! For most people it seems boring and way too difficult, mainly because software, and the computer in general, seems like a black magic box. This, of course, is only because one is not familiar with it. Really, if you think about it, it is pretty strange that kids are not taught how to program and code, as almost everything we do and interact with is related to a computer!

Schools do teach Math, so you can count (your blessings 😉 ), and language(s) so we can interact with fellow humans. Some Geography and History perhaps to give you a sense of where you are in this world and then some hours (by far not enough) to stimulate your creativity through Music, Drawing or Sports.

As Math is in a way a predecessor of the computer (the word computer comes from ‘to compute’/’computing’), it could easily be replaced or enhanced by computer programming…actually, when you look at it from a broader perspective, coding/programming is the ultimate combination of Math, Language and Creativity! Teaching children how to program a computer will cover exactly that what ‘we’ feel they should learn. Think about it!

Yes, it *is* magic, especially when you are able to control that black box!

Steve Jobs: “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think”


QOTD March 17 2013

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider: “I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t think you can measure life in terms of years. I think longevity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with happiness. I mean happiness comes from facing challenges and going out on a limb and taking risks. If you’re not willing to take a risk for something you really care about, you might as well be dead.”