Scratch is hiring an executive director

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/29/hat-blocks.html

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That sounds like 20-hour days and no paycheck.

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I was lucky enough to spend time at the MIT Media Lab a while ago, and hang out informally with Mitch Resnick before Scratch emerged.

Seriously, if you’re qualified, you should meet Mitch.

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it’s almost like we should implement progressive taxation and fund the educators and innovators that make our world go around.

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Which inevitably involves the government picking winners.

I personally disagree with the implicit assumption that Scratch is something we should fund this way. I think Python would be a far better option for teaching kids basic programming skills. I learned basic when I was a kid, so it’s not like it’s unreasonable to expect kids learn a text-based language, and I think teaching anything about “CS” with a graphical language is completely ass-backwards, and is as likely to drive people away from it as get them into it.

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part of the point of government is to pick winners and losers. republicans like to say otherwise because they want to undermine government’s core functions. it’s a dumb statement ( sorry ) that falls apart with the slightest look at what a government actually does.

we already have competitive grant programs for precisely this sort of thing. and we fund education programs generally. that said, i think it’s easy to argue that we underfund those programs in the united states. which was really all i was saying.

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