for 3 December 1996. Updated every TUESDAY.

BIG IDEA Manpower employment agency meets
NetDay ...in the classroom!
25 WORDS <= By donating computers to schools in
exchange for student coding, KidPower
unleashes an inexpensive segment of the
workforce while preparing children for
the information economy.
HARD SELL Corporations have long sought to bask in
the glory of positive press attention by
handing out computers to public schools,
but few of the machines donated are
actually used to prepare students for the
demanding job market of the digital age.
KidPower solves this problem, while at
the same time opening up a new source of
semiskilled labor that makes repetitive
coding even cheaper than it would be in
the Third World. Each computer KidPower
donates to a public school includes a
manual that teaches kids valuable skills
like Java and HTML - and the little
darlings learn by example, coding real
projects for actual corporations.
KidPower collects their pay, of course.
What better way to build a bridge to our
postindustrial future?
Economists of all political persuasions
yammer endlessly about the vast array of
skills students will need to compete in
the coming century, but who needs
geography to find his way to a cubicle?
In addition to making corporate America
more competitive, KidPower will
revitalize our education system by
teaching children to do the repetitive
tasks they'll need to perform in the
real-life workplace. The kids should have
no problem competing with the surly
twentysomethings now doing many of these
jobs, and the current political climate
makes this an even better bet. If schools
are indeed privatized, KidPower could
even open its own coding academy!
OVERHEAD KidPower's only significant start-up cost
is computers - and the company will start
out donating used ones. This shouldn't
undercut efficiency too much, and it will
teach students how to do more with less -
a valuable lesson in today's rapidly
downsizing economy. The only other
notable cost would be a massive public
relations campaign aimed at convincing
companies that students can churn out
code quicker than foreigners. Once
newspapers and magazines run a few puff
pieces about this new, untapped labor
force, public schools will line up to
trade child coding for computer

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