link love

Art Beco talks about kids today and zeitgeist.

Femomhist asks who you wanted to be growing up.  Literary role models especially fun.

Anne Zelenka asks if everyone (including women) should learn to program.

Khan Academy has a video on renting vs. buying.  Actually they have a whole bunch of new finance videos.

Clio Blue Stocking Tales talks about brain ruts.

Oil and garlic discusses one of her favorite chapters in Your Money or Your Life and its key insights.   She also asks for some advice– grumpy nation, help her out!

A brilliant way to motivate mortgage pre-payment from My journey to eliminate debt.

We mentioned this on Monday, but it bears repeating:  We were an editor’s pick at this week’s Carnival of personal finance.

8 Responses to “link love”

  1. Rumpus Says:

    I don’t think everyone should learn to program in college. Different people have different aptitudes, and taking a programming class in college could be a waste of one’s time compared to taking something that would better serve one’s potential career area. However, I think it’s an excellent idea to teach programming in grade school, or possibly as late as high school. The basic tenets of programming include logic, categorization, precise description, and math. Why wouldn’t we want to give our kids more practice at that those things, with practical applications and the possibility of discovery-based learning? Since I think grade school and high school have a lot of wasted time, the opportunity cost seems low.

    • Cloud Says:

      Yes, we should teach it starting elementary through high school.

      I consider tech literacy to be up there with being able to write clearly on the list of “general skills almost all good jobs require these days”. You don’t necessarily have to program, but understanding how programming works and what can and cannot be easily achieved via technology is a huge thing, and I think it is only going to get more important.

      • femmefrugality Says:

        I agree. Maybe not a required college course, but definitely something you’re exposed to in at least secondary school. I was in one of the first classes to have Microsoft Office training in my schools, and I’m so glad I did. Technology is becoming omnipresent in every field.

  2. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    Clio Bluestocking’s “Brain Ruts” post is an excellent description of how depression–or other long-term mood disruption–not only affects your mood, but also your cognitive thought processes.

  3. Leigh Says:

    I think everyone should learn how to program! Programming is an incredibly versatile field. I may be a tad biased though ;)

    That said…it’s not everyone’s forte. But, it doesn’t hurt to take one class, does it?

  4. Louise Says:

    thanks for the mention :)

  5. Clio Bluestocking Says:

    Thank you for the link!

    Glad you appreciated it, Comradde PhysioProffe!

  6. MutantSupermodel Says:

    Thanks for the programming link. That’s really relevant to me right now.


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