“Talk is cheap. Show me the code.”

In the 1970’s when I was at my first school, we had handwriting lessons where we learned to do ‘joined up’ writing. We didn’t call it cursive, but those that mastered the art were greatly admired by those less dextrous.

The rule was that we could only use a pencil until we had passed a test showing our ability to keep letters uniform and level on the page. When that objective was met, we entered the big league – writing with a fountain pen (and using blotting paper). This was an important skill to acquire and one that would be used for hours and hours every day.

When was the last time you used a pen to write anything more than a few quick lines (working on the basis that you are under 60)?

Is this still a ‘must have’ skill or like the ability to remember the dates of famous battles, is it merely useful, rather than necessary? Most people use a keyboard to write now and if I want to know when the Battle of Crecy took place I can go to Google.

So what is a necessary skill today? Could it be coding?

It may well be, but don’t take my word for it. It will sound far more credible if celebrities say it, so click on the image below to watch a short video.


2 thoughts on ““Talk is cheap. Show me the code.”

  1. The jobs not yet existing is so important, isn’t it?
    In the past the choice of jobs didn’t really change that much from one generation to another, but now they seem to be created almost daily!

  2. Great video ; thought provoking. How true it is that we need to equip today’s children with transferable soft skills (such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving) rather than just specific job-related skills (such as desk top publishing, welding, accounting), as many of tomorrow’s jobs don’t yet exist.

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