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Python in Education by Nicholas H. Tollervey

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Chapter 5. Looking Ahead

In 20 years time, I hope to attend Pycon 2035. If not Pycon 2035, then I want to attend the conference for whatever Python and its community morphs into. I’m looking forward to working with the kids of today who are just starting out on their journey as programmers. I’ll be at the end of my career but I’m certain I’ll be surprised, energized and inspired by what they do.

How can I be so certain?

I’m already surprised, energized and inspired by what the kids of today do when they attend the PyconUK education track that I help to organize.

This latent talent, joie de vivre and receptiveness to programming in Python has already been identified by the Python community who want to support, cherish and foster it. I believe the renewed focus by politicians and teachers on computing will find keen allies in the Python world.

The fruits of the work done by today’s Python community will ensure that there is a legacy of new generations of programmers who are empowered to be enterprising and autonomous digital makers and creators rather than mere passive users.

The future will be increasingly influenced and controlled by computing. We need to ensure that tomorrow’s citizens are equipped with the skills to flourish in this world.

Python and its community can help with that.

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