Even An Ivy League ‘Idea Person’ Should Learn How To Code
I like the recognition of the importance of learning to code in this piece, but not the sense of privilege around it. “Even” people who get into incredibly expensive schools and want to focus on “ideas” should learn to code. It’s not really beneath you to learn to code, the author is telling us. Even the elites should! Computing for all!
It’s tempting but irresponsible to say students should teach themselves about venture capital firms, iOS, UI/UX and product design. When students can’t find the 25th hour in their days to do so, most will choose to focus on their (reinvent-the-wheel) classes. As ex-Snapchat COO Emily White says, “Our education system tends to train kids to be right rather than to learn.” This isn’t okay when we need more engineers in Silicon Valley.
We must not neglect the merits of technical skills in the conception of the “idea person.” What the 60-year old entrepreneur and others of his generation—the people in control of the education we receive—don’t realize is this: For college students dreaming of becoming unicorns in Silicon Valley, being an “idea person” is not liberating at all. Being able to design and develop is liberating because that lets you make stuff.