[geeks] modern education?
Greg A. Woods
geeks at sunhelp.org
Tue Dec 18 15:44:05 CST 2001
[ On Monday, December 17, 2001 at 23:02:13 (+0000), David Cantrell wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: [geeks] Software Bloat
> TBH, I don't think that the average person *can* learn much about computers.
> Just like the average person is not capable of painting great works of art.
> They're too complex. I doubt it's possible to teach the ability to examine
> problems and create solutions, and to pull together all the disparate bits
> of knowledge and all the seperate skills that they possess into a functioning
> whole. And I don't really care that most people will never be able to
> wax lyrical about microprocessor architectures or the comparitive merits of
> different programming languages. I have skills they need, they have skills
> I need. No problem. Those people fix cars, keep the trains running,
> cook exquisite meals, and make large quantities of beer for me.
My problem is I think I can do anything (anything that doesn't involve
highly trained motor skills, that is, as I lost out in that department)
-- and if I don't know how to do it then I can bloody well learn how in
no time flat. For some unknown reason I have the same expectations of
almost everyone else with more than two neurons in their skulls. As a
result I have a hard time delegating things to other people (who at the
same time I don't trust to do the job "properly" :-). I'm only slowly
beginning to realize that it's not worth my time to try and do many
things as not only would I take longer to do as good a job as an expert
in that job would, but I've got better things to do! ;-)
I don't know how true it is any more (or really how true it was then),
but when I went to highschool in Saskatchewan private schools were
pretty much unheard of (except for what we now call "developmentally
challenged" kids, and some private French-language schools). The public
school system was just too damn good for private enterprise to compete
against. My 81% average (3.2 GPA) high school marks were just barely
good enough to get me into the best Saskatchewan university, but were
about 15% better than was necessary anywhere else in Canada at the time,
even at the better universities.
Greg A. Woods
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