I suppose it was ridiculously optimistic to expect a straight answer to the suggestion that there should be a Premier’s Coding Challenge.
I’ve now received a response from the Premier, sort of. I say ‘sort of’ because what I’ve received is a bit of paper that doesn’t actually say anything, but leaves you with the amorphous impression that it might be indicating ‘no’.
James Hacker: Will you give me a straight answer to a straight question?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Oh, well, Minister, as long as you are not asking me to resort to crude generalisations and vulgar simplifications such as a simple yes or no, I shall do my utmost to oblige.
At best the response is a ‘no’ without any sort of reasoning behind it. At worst it indicates a lack of understanding of what coding is, other than that ‘it must fit under the umbrella of this STEM thing that we’ve got some schools doing…’. In reality of course, it’s a standard political response.
I honestly wasn’t expecting this to go anywhere quickly, but I was hoping for at least some sort of engagement.
Time for a re-think and a new approach. Suggestions welcomed.