If we learn to code, we'll start demanding a proper national broadband network and hygiene products to be without tax.
A great example of how to take something someone said and make an almost completely BS article from it in order to generate links.
Here is the ACTUAL QUOTE:
"Let’s just understand exactly what the Leader of the Opposition has asked. He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously? Seriously?"
He didn't say coding was a joke. He simply seems to think that it doesn't need taught to someone that isn't going to take a job that needs it and that at 11 years old your career isn't a concern. Understandable. Maths and English will be required no matter what you go in to. Coding not so much. Coding will teach you useful skills of course but imo you already get these through things like Maths which has a wider application for everyone. Especially for primary school aged kids.
You have a point, and coding involves a lot of math, I don't see it as a necessity in primary schools, it would be nice to be offered as extracurricular.
But, seriously, that's the attitude of a PM? It feels more like a high school douchebag debate. I wouldn't call the article BS.
Arts, Music, Physical Education, Cooking, Geography, etc, etc. We teach our kids these things because it develops well rounded individuals with an awareness of the world around them. No ones saying to what level coding should be taught, the concept of coding or advanced AI. Just maybe it should be mentioned somewhere in the curriculum I would of thought?
I saw this title in the list of links and even before clicking it I thought... bet this is about Abbott!
As both an Australian and a Developer I cannot agree with this sentiment more. Abbott has done so many things that disappoint or outright annoy me, this can just get added to the list.
Some people simply look at the right now rather than the future. It's just sad that Tony Abbott found his way into being the leader of the our country with a right now mentality.
This is the problem. Both the government and the public want changes as soon as possible. Thing is, it's our infrastructure that's holding us back. And because that takes time, it's politically unpopular.
For example, the Melbourne Metro Rail project is absolutely critical... but because it's gonna take 10 years, people are up in arms.
Abbott is a joke. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/tony_abbott.html
I'm a student in Melbourne,Victora and the most coding we learnt at school was Frontpage when I was 8 and basic dream Weaver when I was 11. Now I'm 16 and I've learnt all I know through independent learning...
I just moved to an apartment with NBN 2 weeks ago.
There. That should've made jealous at least 90% of the Aussies reading this comment.
Well worth the extra $50 a week I'm spending extra on living in an apartment HALF the size of my previous one.
I self educated in action script before going back to school and getting the fundamentals in coding in my mid twenties, best decision I ever made.
I did exactly the same thing, and couldn't agree more.
Coming from someone that also believes that climate change is a joke... this isn't that surprising.
Interesting though that the Intergenerational Report AND the treasurer (on Q&A last night) agree that IT is the future.
Our government is ridiculously inconsistent and incompetent. The sooner they change leaders/policies, the better.
It will never cease to bother me that you guys call it "Maths".
Yet another embarrassing and shortsighted statement from this government. As an Australian living abroad, it has been pailful to see the country represented by such a man.
I'd already posted this to the article in question, but may as well post it here as well...
It's a bit weird to me....I began my career in the early 90's, and by 99 or so, had switched over to web design. Around that time, one of the leading web-design destinations online was 'australia in front'....used to be something I'd visit almost daily (it was in the same league as k10k, zeldman.com and Newstoday/QBN). I guess because of that, I always in my heart figured Australia was kind of a leader in the IT/web/tech field. Sad to see that some of your leaders aren't as in touch with modern times as I'd have thought....
facepalm Jeepers, Abbott seems even more cringe-worthy than our ponytail-pulling leader