It seems that Jeff (and most of those who agree with him) argue against letting “mere mortals” learn to code because they’re afraid of losing their job security, and frankly that’s pathetic.
If you’re worried your employer is going to outsource your job to the Mayor of New York, please get a job in the service industry, because frankly, I’d rather have to maintain and debug his code than yours. And yes, I’d like fries with that.
Those who argue against learning to code as a meaningful exercise in expanding ones mental faculties, or as a way to better understand what code does to avoid being duped need only look at how easily politicians swindle the ignorant masses who can’t read or add.
@Konrad was a particularly elucidating example of that mentality. By all means eliminate math and reading as well as keeping coding from the core curriculum if you want ignorant slaves. But don’t complain when your chamber pot smells because the surly churls haven’t got around to changing it yet.