Education in tech is hard, here’s why.

University of Waterloo’s M3 Lecture Hall. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. (source)

The challenge

Helping others with technology is something I love doing and have deeply integrated into my own life. I enjoy this challenge, but I also believe it presents an issue in the progression of the next generation of developers, researchers, and engineers.

So, what can we do?

Education is a topic that needs to be fixed at the root. When helping others with code, I always find myself backtracking through what they know. I have to figure out how to explain how different systems and technologies fit together while keeping in mind what they already know. If students are taught to think this way from the beginning, they dramatically reduce their time spent trying to backtrack in the future. Students can still learn about one particular topic. However, they must be taught to think in a greater scope than what they are being taught. This greater scope prevents misconceptions in the long run that are spawned by assuming how things work.

If it was easy, it would have already be done.

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