lbmouse writes "This has been a big stink here on Slashdot for a while. But there is a reason for posting again . My 13 y.o. son has no interest in programming even though he is a straight "A" student and loves working with technology and the Internet. I've tried to interest him in 'hello world' on a website of his own... big WOW. Where is the action? We even wrote some simple games in Perl. No luck. He'd rather play an old N64 game than learn how to create a game on his own.
Personally, I was excited when we could code our own games on the TRS-80 out of the back of hobby magazines. That turned me on to programming. These next generation(s) have to many consoles and toys (PSP, DS, etc) and they don't care.
What do you think? I think the West is losing an advantage because our children are spoiled with technology that makes them not want to write their own code. The kids that get an OLPC have to use their imagination and our do not." top