A Tool for the Modern World

Sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking that working with a computer is the same as knowing how to read and write.

My life is a life of video conferences, keyboard shortcuts, navigating in three-dimensional worlds, email processing, and a dozen more tasks that require mastery of a handful of programs and applications.

It’s easy to think this is “baseline”. But it is not. At school we spend years learning to read and write, multiplication and division. But computer classes last two years at most, and teach little beyond the word processor.

The truth is that almost everyone knows how to search on Google, but not everyone knows how to do it efficiently. Not everyone knows how to use a browser for more than just reading a website.

And yet, these things are as important to the life of an adult in the modern world as being able to read and write.

Reading is a tool. Writing is a tool. Mathematics is a tool. And computer literacy is a tool. And it is as powerful as the other three.

Reading is a tool. Writing is a tool. Mathematics is a tool. And computer literacy is a tool. And it is as powerful as the other three.

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