Procedural Literacy

Procedural literacy is, in short, being literate in computer programming.

I believe that we should not put excessive emphasis on procedural literacy at this stage since there are still people in the world that aren’t even literate in the traditional sense. The world literacy rate is about 85% (thank you Wikipedia), which means 15% of the world population can’t even read. Although this might not seem like a lot, 15% of the 7 billion people in this world is 1.05 billion people (thank you calculator). If we still have a billion people in this world who aren’t even traditionally literate, I believe that excessive emphasis on procedural literacy is, well, excessive. Of course, we can’t completely stop working on procedural literacy since this might actually help people find better methods of helping out those who aren’t traditionally literate, but we must not leave out the others either.

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