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Coding Obsession

I find it creepy that people who don’t even have kids yet order books of “fun children’s stories that teach kids (ages 2-6) the foundations of computer coding without needing a device!”

It’s like a kid isn’t even allowed to exist as a fantasy without what’s perceived as currently marketable skills. 

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5 thoughts on “Coding Obsession

  1. DWeird on said:

    Not to judge the book itself, about which I know nothing, but I have plenty of friends for whom coding isn’t really viewed from the lens of a marketable skill. They treat it as a playground in which they can make cool things and have fun, or as a challenge to stretch their abilities, or even, in the more severe cases, as a complete worldview.

    I’m certain there are entirely functional ways in which code can become part of a kid’s life without nothing too crazy going on. I myself picked up stuff about Russian literature and economics from my parents without ever really caring too much about either.

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    • Sure enough. But in this case there is no kid. This was posted by a childless person on Facebook. No kid but a whole bunch of expectations already.

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      • DWeird on said:

        Maybe they’re just really honest to themselves about their current level of knowledge?

        Or actually are a precocious six-year-old with Facebook and Amazon accounts?

        Maybe this baby will drop out of kindergarten, pull themself up by their bootiestraps, and be the next Bill Zuckerberg?

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  2. Analogous to the data science scam.

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