How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Natasha Singer, Jun 28, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I think this article is supposed to be an exposé of code.org and its connections to industry (witness: “It is essential that efforts to increase computer science instruction, kindergarten through career, be driven by the needs of industry and be developed in partnership with industry”) and there may be truth to that, but it is essential, from my perspective, to develop an understanding of where coding fits in the overall ecosystem. This is key: think of coding as 21st century auto mechanics. Sure, some stars get to actually design, but most work is essentially blue-collar work manufacturing, maintaining and repairing existing infrastructure. Hence (of course) the linkage to industry needs (and also industry processes, certifications and standards). 

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