A few weeks ago a film crew from a Swiss TV network working with the World Economic Forum in Davos visited my broadcast journalism class to interview students about how their education would fit in with the future global economy.
Basically, they wanted to hear our worries about the education we were receiving and how we thought we’d get a job in the future. Then the videos would be broadcast as part of a forum held in Davos talking about education in general (click here for the link). I appear in the video at about the 53 minute mark, discussing my concern that a lack of mandatory computer coding classes could be putting american students (and myself specifically) in an unfortunate position for the global and computer based future economy.
It was a really interesting experience for me and my friends in the class. The film crew consisted of two guy, one who had come from Switzerland and spoke with a german accent and another who was from France but has lived in the US for 15 years.
As an aside, the french man smelled like cigarette smoke.
Anyway, the camera they used was three million times bigger than any of ours, I got hooked up to a really fancy mic, and they had a panel that looked like shutters on a window until they turned it on, at which point enough light to make the sun look like the interior of closet with the doors closed inside a windowless room in an underground bunker was shown directly into my eyes (I may have exaggerated for dramatic effect. But then again, I might not have.)
They asked me some questions, I spoke eloquently for about five minutes about the future of the american economy and it’s relationship with higher education, the rising costs of american college, and the flaws of my personal education. Then, for the sake of relevancy to the panel’s conversation, the only part included was the sentence where I told the entire world that I didn’t know how to make a computer work.
I think it’s a good point though.
I’ll take it.