The World Isn’t Getting Any Rounder

Love, love, love Tom Friedman’s “New Rules” op-ed from Sunday’s NY Times in which he talks about public schools in Estonia establishing a program for teaching first graders – and kids in all other grades – how to do computer programming.  The news from Estonia prompted The Guardian in London to post a poll asking if U.K. school children should be taught programming as part of their school day.

Friedman also argues that the U.S.-centric “work hard and play by the rules” mantra is out of date.  “If you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules.”

Amen, brother.

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