Hillary Clinton made this mistake in 2016's run for president and Joe Biden just did it too. Biden was on video telling coal miners that they should learn how to program, or code, to find jobs of the future. Sure, learning how to program can certainly open doors for new jobs, but Joe Biden's verbiage sure has people upset as it was talking down to some of the hardest working people who put their lives on the line to bring us energy.
Biden stated his version of "learn to code" during an event in New Hampshire this week. He says that anyone who can "go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well."
Dave Weigle from the The Washington Post pointed out this was huge mistake that Hillary Clinton made. He said, "Biden riffing on how Obama put him in charge of judging the "jobs of the future" suggests re-training miners as coders. "Anybody who can go down 3000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well." This sort of "just transition" stuff was murder on Clinton in 2016..."
It might just be the way that Biden worded it, because it certainly didn't sit well.
Biden said, "Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God's sake!"
What exactly is a coal miner going to learn how to program? There's literally like a million things that people can program. Is there a coal miner to programming online course or something that Biden will be funding?
Is Joe Biden going to pay for their education in programming if he phases out their jobs and livlihood, taking food off the plates of their families?
Let's be honest here folks. No, everyone cannot learn to code. Sure you might be able to pick up the basics, but it's essentially learning a new language and adding logic to it. It's not something that everyone can do at all.
Look at all the people who take several years of Spanish in high school or college and they can't speak a word of it fluently. It's not much different than that.
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Yes, everyone can study it, but only few will succeed at speaking and writing it so fluently that they can get a job in it.
Maybe Joe Biden should learn to code first.
Leaders take action, right? You first, Joe.Source: theweek