[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Srijayanth Sridhar srijayanth at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 11:00:57 CEST 2009


>
> the problem is that our education systems teaches tools and not concepts.
> And
> industry also wants people who can use tools and cannot think for
> themselves.
> Remember that most of our so-called IT industry does not produce software,
> but
> just writes code.
>

While I agree that the problem lies fundamentally with the education system
somewhere, I am not sure the problem is as simple as the system teaching
tool usage as opposed to concepts. In fact, I would go so far as to argue
that the system teaches them nothing. I've seen certain trends that I find
interesting, not just at a technical but at a sociological level.

You mentioned you are from a small city, and this is something that
interests me tremendously. I work for a company which used to have 10-12
developers from small towns in AP. These 10-12 people formed an interesting
community where they would help each other out. The first guy to come in,
would have all the relevant ebooks downloaded and ready to serve to the next
person who would come in and so on.

I find it particularly interesting because this ladder scheme of theirs
indicates a few things:

a) Their education system didn't have them prepped for such a scenario
b) They feel the need to stick to each other because they don't have outside
help
c) They have industrialized a certain process that works to their personal
benefit.

In other words, they are working the system. I don't entirely blame them
since given their background, its only natural for them to seek out what
they believe is a better life for them. I also don't want to be mean to
them.

What are your experiences as a person from a "small town"? My question is
more directed towards your 'programming culture' now vis-a-vis to your
programming culture from your small town?

Jayanth
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