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Read my article, if you are curious why I educate business students to code and understand technology.

We define literacy conventionally as the ability to read and write. So when I ask you in writing “Are you literate?” your (in-)ability of reading the question marks the answer. You can read or you cannot. A lot of our ideas with regard to meaningful participation in society and democracy, our independent agency as a consumer and our ability to lead a decent life and have employment today rely on the skill of literacy, which we frankly take for granted.

First, it is amazing that the arc of history led us to a point where we consider our classic definition of literacy something to be taken for granted. Just consider, the literacy rates for above 15 year olds is currently 99.13% in the European Union. However, in this editorial I argue that a static, closed-scope definition of literacy as the ability to read and write is not very effective. I point out that our society and our created technologies form a relationship of interaction. Then, I assert that technological advancements especially in our digital environments demand that we broaden our literacy scope to include foundational knowledge of technology and an ability of critical thinking. …

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Moritz Vetter

Industrial Engineer. Economist. Avid Reader.

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