Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Teach the unemployed Ruby, Python and Javascript

Everyone wants jobs, jobs, jobs, but the ones available require newer skills, but nowadays we have simple  freely-available scripting languages that run well on today's computers and delivery a lot of functionality for relatively little time and effort.  How long would it take an unemployed 55 year old factory worker to learn Python?  I say no more than a few weeks before he can make things happen and gain confidence.  Then he has at least one relevant skill, since his old job flowed down the wage waterfalls to the ocean of overseas low-cost labor.

They should be teaching Ruby in elementary school.

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