The question of whether people should learn to code comes up regularly, and sprung up again recently on BBC’s Newsnight programme1 with Jeremy Paxman asking,
“It’s not essential to learn how to code… is it?”
When teaching English, students aren’t just taught to read words and phrases, but are also taught how to write. Being able to both read and write means someone can take part in a dialogue and express themselves. In a world in which everyone can read, but only a certain minority could write, there would be little to no free speech, democracy or creativity.
Education is being disrupted and market forces are in action. Of course, they always were but the new buzzword “social enterprise” seems to being used by organisations regardless of their efficacy. At BETT I heard a number of suppliers quietly say “we’re agnostic to the quality of our resources as long as it sells.”
This attitude frustrates us at Sixth Domain, because it fundamentally starts from the wrong premise. The premise for us at Sixth Domain is that were here to improve education, and to help solve problems in education that we’ve picked to solve, not solely to make money to pay the bills. For us that’s a by product of doing the right thing. If you’ve ever watched Dan Pink’s fantastic TED/RSA talk “The surprising truth about what motivates us” you’ll know exactly what I mean.