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feedback charity teaches programming

There are perhaps 700 million rural chinese, teach 1000 of them to computer program, then politely ask the employed ones to donate to the charity that taught them programming, causing 2000 programmers on the next iteration; repeat
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I cannot imagine what the actual numbers would be, but a charity that rescues people's lives so they become computer programmers then, on employment of their graduates, politely asks the graduates to donate to the system could continuously double the output of programmers.

I know this sounds a little like the private university system yet I have not heard of Harvard with something near a 20 billon endowment making an effort to educate a mere 20 million high-testing developing worlders simultaneously, then asking the employed graduates to donate.

Also, as a bonus the halfbakery might gain more users.

beanangel, Oct 27 2017


       Don't they have a thing called "government" to do this ? You know, it collects "taxes" to pay for "education" ?   

       The idea seems strangely familiar ...
8th of 7, Oct 27 2017

       [beanangel] If the title was the summary and summary as first paragraph, then you could use your cleverness to add a hooking title. Iterative Grad, Exponential Gifting. I'm sure you could come up with something better.
wjt, Oct 27 2017

       ... perhaps even including an actual new idea ... ?
8th of 7, Oct 27 2017

       Which would be more important? the new idea or the clever/entertaining grammar construct. Yeah, I know .... both.
wjt, Oct 27 2017

       //Everyone who knows how to program can be profitably employed as a programmer//
Voice, Nov 01 2017

       Pardon my ignorance on the topic, but does the world need umpteen thousand more programmers?   

       I wonder if there's that much market for code, and if there would be a glut of programmers with little to do.
normzone, Nov 01 2017

       Well, yes and no.   

       There is, I think, (based on an absurdly small sample), an increasing expectation that people in *other* jobs will also be able to program a bit.   

       For comparison, imagine someone in 1920 saying "I don't think I'll learn to drive a car; how many more chauffeurs does the world need?"
pertinax, Nov 02 2017

       Abstraction is the new black.
wjt, Nov 02 2017

       I know what you mean, [Ian], but I think that's the tail end of a trend which has been going on since the fifties, and may soon run out of steam. Well, we can hope.
pertinax, Nov 02 2017

       I don't think practical skills are dying quite like that - rather they are changing, so there is always a current 'skill set' among teenagers/20-somethings. So, in the 1950's and 1960's it might be how to repair a car, in the 1970's, consumer electronics, in the 1980's programming, in the 1990's web development, etc.
hippo, Nov 02 2017


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