Thanks for this blogpost! I found this a bit contradictory as well. The article by Sinclair (http://stefansinclair.name/digital-craft-and-humanistic-perspectives-beyond-academia/) mentioned the importance of including more digital aspects in humanities curricula. Also, many of the DH articles we read emphasized the importance of ‘creating’ something instead of ‘just’ using tools for humanities research. If we have to believe these articles, learning how to code seems inevitable. That is why it suprised me that in class, the discussion on the need for DH students to learn how to code was dismissed as not being of great importance.
Of course we cannot ask every DH student to be a computer scientist, but at least we can ask scholars to have some basic knowledge on the structures of what they are studying (like the keyboard and crayons!). Why else would we otherwise study digital humanities and not ‘just’ humanities?