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Comment Re:Because everyone needs to be able to code... (Score 1) 194

Some yes, but for many you males, they're too immature that that age...I certainly wasn't ready until my early 20s. Your entire career path should never be based on a single exam. Many people end up going to other countries because they can't become doctors or other professionals because of a poor exam score.

Comment Re:Because everyone needs to be able to code... (Score 1) 194

I'm very familiar with how Germany (having lived there for six years, and relatives living there) does it, and it's not all rosy. Don't do well on your Abitur exam, and kiss any professional career goodbye unless you leave the country. That said, I'm all for apprenticeship programs, but American companies need some incentive for them to make it cost effective. There's currently nothing keeping someone who just got trained from taking that somewhere else after a company has invested a pile of money in them...there needs to be a payoff for the company.

Comment Re:Because everyone needs to be able to code... (Score 1) 194

"If you want to have a certain level of quality..."

How did that work out for the UAW? Oh, American auto quality was crap, and they had to be bailed out.
How's that working for the teachers union? Oh, public education is wonderful, isn't it?
How's that working out for sports players unions? Oh, we have wife beaters, and dog fighters, and roid rage, but it's all good.

If you're in tech and getting "walked over", there are plenty of companies hiring that won't do it. Move on.

Comment Re:Because everyone needs to be able to code... (Score 1) 194

Doesn't it really depend upon if we're talking about software engineering, or we're just talking about basic coding? There's a huge difference between the two that the majority of people outside the industry just don't understand. And I know, coders need to be properly trained to avoid insecure code, and they should also be trained to write reusable, maintainable, well commented code. But, if a designer (I'm talking about large project work) hands off some pseudo-code to a coder, it should be trivial for them to implement, and code reviews should catch any gaping holes.

Comment Re:How about teaching kids to type first? (Score 1) 194

Also, don't call it "keyboarding", call it "typing". When you use your oven, it's not called "ovening".

Well, it used to be done on typewriters, and now it's done on keyboards. I'm not a fan of "keyboarding", but maybe "keying" would have been appropriate, except that word was already taken for marking up someone's car.

Comment Re:Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 1) 194

"Tech's problem is that it doesn't have strong unions and advocacy groups" /yawn. If you're in tech, and having trouble finding a job, then GTFO because you're clearly not capable. Show me someone in tech that's having trouble finding a decent paying job, and I'll show you an incompetent "tech". I've been in the industry for 40+ years, and hire plenty of good techs at good wages. Want to "fix" tech?...

We need lawmakers to stop companies from the H1B madness.
We need to put an end to the huge debt load we're weighing down kids going through college.
We need a national solution to the lack of pensions, and shitty 401ks.
We need a national solution to immigration and healthcare.
We need term limits and money/lobbyists out of government influence.

I could go on. Your unions and advocacy groups aren't going to fix this. And, for whatever it's worth, I'm a fiscal conservative who believes in smaller government.

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