What do coding and coal miners have in common? Maybe more than you think. Coding may end up being just another "blue-collar" job for the new century, replacing coal miners and auto factory workers. This according to Clive Thompson of Wired, Dec. 24, 2016. Sure, they're still be the Gates, the Zuckerbergs, the Pages and Brins to program Windows, FaceBook and Google, but, by and large, most will be your average coder, making a cool $81,000 on average. The field is set to expand by 12% from 2014 to 2024. So, instead of parents sending their kids to university for 4-year computer science degrees, they may recommend only community college or a intense boot camp. Interestingly, a former miner named Rusty Justice founded a company called Bit Source to retrain actual coal miners as programmers.
Daniel H. Lee
This blog will be dedicated to sharing in three areas: happenings in my classroom and school; analysis and distillation of other educators' wealth of knowledge in various texts; insights from other disciplines and areas of expertise that relate and connect with educational practices.