programming literacy and read/write tools

Computers and software of all kinds have generally been designed and built by engineers for the broad populace to use. Computing is becoming ubiquitous, and the skills for using computers are becoming as standard as reading and writing. Yet few of these tools are designed for everyone to edit them. We are teaching read-only computer literacy to the vast majority of people. No one would advocate teaching people to read without teaching them how to write. We need to think the same way about computers. This means changing the way we think about designing these tools. Most computing tools (computers, PDAs, mobile phones, etc) are designed to be read-only. Our tools need to be created to be read/write from their very foundations.

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