Saturday, January 26, 2008

21st Century Skills

In an article entitled "Programming: The New Literacy" Marc Prensky writes:

Thirty years from now, will the United States
be more competitive with a population that can
read English at a tenth-grade level or with a
population excellent at making the complex
machines of that era do their bidding? The two
options may be mutually exclusive, and the
right choice may determine our children's place
in the world's intellectual hierarchy.
This is the need to teach our students how to program, whether that be Excel spreadsheets, html pages, php and MySQL or C++. He who controls the machines is going to have enormous power in the 21st century.

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