Education Fails To Produce Best Information Technology Workers

This came up on our most recent and yet still unreleased podcast: many of, if not the majority of, the superstars in information technology are not people who went through the educational system to get STEM degrees.

In the UK, at least, 41% of IT pros did not go through the formal credentialing process:

A new report from Spiceworks, entitled A Portrait of IT Workers, says 41 per cent of IT pros in the UK consider themselves “accidental” — and that they ended up in their career via a “non-traditional” route. The report, which covers areas including the career plans and education levels of IT professionals, found that a third (33 per cent) of the UK’s IT job force don’t have a college or a university degree.

This follows what we know of modern education, which is that it rewards people who are good at school — memorization and reconfiguring that information in a test environment — and not those who are good at applying the knowledge, which consists of innate ability for logical analysis partnered with real-world wisdom.

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7 Responses to “Education Fails To Produce Best Information Technology Workers”

  1. Antiwork Disciple says:

    See, the world isn’t THAT unfair.

    It’s the masses who wish it were.

    Modern education is obviously worthless, there’s just so many noisy people who will never get that.

    Now we have a statistic, I guess not the first, confirming what was obvious. I don’t thin it will change anything. People are ignorant for the simple reason that they need and want to be so, because reality destroys their ego and they don’t have the strength to sustain that.

    The problem is not this, but that they’re so many filling the cities with what is actual human spam. The issue is simply overpopulation. Most people know nothing, but make way too much noise. They should completely be ignored. Certainly social network and the internet in general isn’t a place to do that. Nature is.

    Education is problematic in that it makes worthless people look and sound more competent. The capacity of intellectually-handicapped women for memorizing useless notions for example is staggering. Idiots are the most remarkable beings on earth for this kind of stuff. The way they manage their idiocy and pretend they’re not idiots has got to be one of the most remarkable human achievements.

    Humans triumph in the art of being idiots and being content that they are, with an impressive skillset that includes solipsism, denial and many more primitive defense mechanisms more evolved peope are just not as skilled with and also don’t need as much.

    I am daily stunned and am forced to applaude the sophistication of most human’s denial. To be happy in this world and not willing to kill yourself is already incredibly remarkable. Only a true idiot can do that.

  2. Dave says:

    Problem is, if you want to learn nuclear engineering, you can’t just buy a Mr. Fusion at Walmart and tinker with it at home. Computers used to be expensive too, but colleges could amortize the cost of one big computer across many students working on relatively inexpensive terminals.

    When the Internet didn’t exist and universities cared more about excellence than equality, they were the place to meet and work with people who shared the same esoteric interests as you. The great innovations that created the Internet all came out of universities or government research labs.

    We live in a degenerate time when all good things — education, science, health care — have been transformed by government subsidy into counterfeit imitations of themselves.

  3. Anonymous says:

    With all the money in the West we could give a first rate education to anyone who is willing and able to receive it; the same education that kings and prime ministers are given. Yet we choose not to do this (in the name of Equality). Very telling that we choose to not to make the best of _everyone_ so that we don’t hurt the feelings of the majority.

  4. Asian Reactionary says:

    Education as it is generally understood is by definition going to be behind, especially for technology; its always been more useful for me to use online materials, which do actually manage to stay relevant.

    • Antiwork Disciple says:

      Common sense. Among other things, the current educational system is at odds with the existence of the internet, which renders it obsolete.

      It really is there just to create conformists. You go there to conform and become as mediocre as you can be. That’s what the education system accomplishes. Also you can use it to socialize with other sub-mediocre people. That’s just fantastic. Drinks and tattooed bitches.

      Excellent people hate the education system. They don’t join or drop out.

  5. I had 2 programming classes in college, and both were electives. Fast forward about 15 years later, and I was given a “Learn to program” CD published by Microsoft. They were giving them away in an effort to promote their new Visual Basic programming language; it was still in the sealed box on a shelf where I worked. I spent nights and weekends going through that course and learned to program. I used that to write a program that became quite popular among those who manage political campaigns. That was 22 years ago, and the company that was based on that software has rewarded me well for the effort. Some of the code examples from that “Learn to program” CD are still part of the software package in use today.

    I’ve mentored several would-be programmers. In each case, I discouraged them from going to college, and instead pointed them to learn-it-yourself resources.

    No one should train to be an interchangeable part in a machine – especially a would-be computer programmer.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not sure I would necessarily consider ‘learning how to program’ as part of one’s Education in the same way as art history, Latin, Math etc. This is not to say anything about its usefulness as a skill – similar to plumbing for example; and I think everyone should have a basic understanding of plumbing and programming, among other things such as Shakespeare, art history, Latin and Math.

      These things also depends on a person’s learning style. Some people do better at ‘hands on’ learning, and others less so. The master/student paradigm has worked very well for all of human history (with exceptions of course) so we shouldn’t be too eager to abandon it. After all, it was responsible for almost all Western (and Classical) art and architecture etc.

      As far as I’m concerned, you learn programming (and plumbing) so that you can provide for yourself, but you learn art history, Latin and Math so that you can participate in your society’s culture.

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