I concede that computer literacy is likely to be a sine qua non of the future. For better or worse, it strikes me as a fact and I would like to think kids would not be deprived. I further concede that I am sluggish with age.Backed by technology leaders, nonprofits and companies, schools in New York, San Francisco and other cities have committed to offer computer science to students in all grade levels. Chicago also says computer science will eventually become a high school requirement.
But I still want to know what these children can accomplish when the electricity goes off. Can they tie a square knot, add/subtract/multiply/divide, skin a rabbit, dress a wound, skip, suss out a snake-oil salesman, change a flat, write a small poem, or know the satisfaction of a spit ball? What built-in skills will they have when they are unattended and empty-handed?
It may all sound hopelessly antiquated and backward-leaning until anyone does in fact lose the electricity. Isn't this important? I think it is -- not in some excluding or elevated sense (computers-bad-common-sense-good) but rather in the sense that, with or without electricity, everyone would like to be happy and happiness, as often as not, requires a few tools.
What are things like when anyone stops relying on something else?