2014/04/28

The Next Generation of Programmers

People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we g-g-get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

 -- "My Generation", The Who

In a PyCon US 2014 keynote, Jessica McKellar outlined the programming-education problem that exists in US high schools, including lack of teaching and gender imbalance (the 'leaky pipeline' of women in science). She went on highlighting some steps the community could take to help fix it, from policy, student engagement, supporting teachers, and curriculum development. LWN.net provides a good summary on that speech.

"In fact, computer science is the most gender-skewed class."

Jessica is also our PyCon APAC 2014 keynote speaker and education panelist. I believe these programming-education topics will inspire us on how the next generation education looks like.

"If one teacher (Jill Pala) can make that big of a difference, what can a 200,000-member community do?"

So, what will you do in the coming year to help the next generation of Python programmers?

2 comments:

TsungWei Hu said...

"Whatever Happened to Richard Reid’s List of First Programming Languages?" from Information Systems Education Journal http://isedj.org/2012-10/N4/ISEDJv10n4p24.html

TsungWei Hu said...

http://opensource.com/life/13/11/python-enterprise-jessica-mckellar
從 2004 起,Python 市佔率逐年增加,Perl 逐年下降,有個可能性是 Perl 程式員轉向,或是兩種語言並用。