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Coding is not for everyone.

This. I can understand that with this being a tech oriented forum everyone will jump on the bandwagon of "Coding is a great skill to have!" but the fact is that you need to code for years to be any good at it. Most people will never need any coding knowledge in their lives.
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post #42 of 276
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Saw this yesterday, lost it when Chris Bosh came on and again with Will.i.am.

I think basic calorie counting should be taught in schools for people like Gaben.

Perhaps he knows how to calorie count, but decides not to.

What is wrong with non-geeks talking about their "coding" experience?

A lot of people out there can't relate to people like Bill Gates but can to will.i.am so if they hear a famous rapper talk about geeky coding, perhaps they will think it's actually not so "geeky" and actually attempt to learn some coding.

I think manners should have been taught in your school.
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Perhaps he knows how to calorie count, but decides not to.

What is wrong with non-geeks talking about their "coding" experience?

A lot of people out there can't relate to people like Bill Gates but can to will.i.am so if they hear a famous rapper talk about geeky coding, perhaps they will think it's actually not so "geeky" and actually attempt to learn some coding.

I think manners should have been taught in your school.

I'm not sure if you are addressing me for most of your post, but if you are then you are thinking way to much into my post.
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Perhaps he knows how to calorie count, but decides not to.

What is wrong with non-geeks talking about their "coding" experience?

A lot of people out there can't relate to people like Bill Gates but can to will.i.am so if they hear a famous rapper talk about geeky coding, perhaps they will think it's actually not so "geeky" and actually attempt to learn some coding.

I think manners should have been taught in your school.

I'm not sure if you are addressing me for most of your post, but if you are then you are thinking way to much into my post.

I was directly replying, hence the quote. I didn't put a lot of thinking into my reply.

I was assuming by "lost it" you meant you were bothered by them being on there and since you chose those people I assumed it was because they were not directly involved in the tech world.

Was I wrong? If so, then sorry.
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Here in Canada my high school English classes were mostly about Shakespeare and useless poems. Grammar and essay writing were hardly taught.
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I'm from Ontario Canada, and I agree so much it is not even funny. My gf works as a writing tutor for Wilfrid Laurier University and she'll tell you, literally no first year has any clue on how to construct an essay. We're taught the hamburger formula, intro followed by body and conclusion. There were Shakespeare, books like life of pi, just stuff that would have drove the average kid away from reading.

It wasn't until philosophy classes in first year university, and of course my gf who taught me how to do an essay properly. It's so easy you just need a few hours. I think the longest I took to write a first year philosophy class essay(4-5 pages, double spaced) was about 5 hours from research to citations.
Same story here, except that problem extended all the way back into middle school. In our school district they taught basic reading, writing, and grammar skills in elementary school and left us to try to remember it for the rest of our lives. There were some parts of the english classes in high school where they did bother teaching essay writing, but they didn't bother re-teaching all the sentence mechanics that the booming internet pretty much ruined. Then again, our school district was never well-funded in the first place, so I guess my experience was the best they could have given me.

I'll also agree coding/programming isn't for everyone... I had the patience and diligence to learn all that 10 years ago, but not now; I even fell asleep a few times in my Linux class in college, and I've NEVER fallen asleep in class before that (besides once in the advanced math class in the same college). That's why I've settled in a hardware-oriented environment. tongue.gif
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post #46 of 276
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Originally Posted by Whiskerz View Post

Saw this yesterday, lost it when Chris Bosh came on and again with Will.i.am.

I think basic calorie counting should be taught in schools for people like Gaben.

If only I could rep you for that comment (and I'm far from in shape lol) thumb.gif

Anyways - I graduated in 06 (wow I feel old) and there wasn't much offered here outside of your basic pc tech course (keyboarding, graphic design, etc.) so I'd really love to see this pushed. Even something like python would be excellent to get people's minds in motion. The USA is farrrrrr too behind the rest of the world when it comes to pc's unfortunately.
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I remember learning basic computer programming briefly in the 5th grade which was 1982 for me.I was only mildly interested,but I did do some work on an old radio shack tandy computer.I really wish I had taken more of an interest back then.
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mandatory theater, philosophy, Shakespeare. NONE of those classes have made a inkling of difference in my life

Philosophy has its roots in science and is somewhat of a harbinger. Its not uncommon to see philosophers work in math and science fields... But I understand yoru point about some of the topics.
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When you already know programming to any basic extent, this video becomes dumb. It is trying to glorify and put coding on some magic pedestal for people that don't know anything about it. Once you do know, there's nothing exciting about it. Honestly, it is quite boring.
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I'm from Ontario Canada, and I agree so much it is not even funny. My gf works as a writing tutor for Wilfrid Laurier University and she'll tell you, literally no first year has any clue on how to construct an essay. We're taught the hamburger formula, intro followed by body and conclusion. There were Shakespeare, books like life of pi, just stuff that would have drove the average kid away from reading.

It wasn't until philosophy classes in first year university, and of course my gf who taught me how to do an essay properly. It's so easy you just need a few hours. I think the longest I took to write a first year philosophy class essay(4-5 pages, double spaced) was about 5 hours from research to citations.

My uncle who teaches at the University of Windsor says the exact same thing. I would say that I am a horrible writer, it takes me forever to form the most basic of ideas on paper. I struggled writing essays in college for a communications class. Finished with 70% which was horrible compared to my marks in my other classes. Feels bad man.
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