Coding is the language of the future. In order to meet the economic demands of tomorrow, we must begin to teach our children the language of coding.
Recently, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Drew Houston of Dropbox appeared in a YouTube video encouraging more people to learn how to code. They cite studies indicating a shortage of pre-university schools teaching coding. One out of ten schools in the U.S. teach coding. In contrast, Vietnamese students learn to code by the fourth grade.
U.S. Schools are not preparing students to meet the economic demands of the future, which is one reason why the U.S. resorts to aggressively recruiting talented immigrants to fill positions in software engineering. Moreover, Partovi, featured in the YouTube video, cites a study projecting the need for 1.4 million program jobs with only an estimated 400,000 graduates in the field of programming. The U.S Bureau of Labor corroborates this estimate, projecting a 30 percent increase in coding jobs from 2010 to 2014.
From Steve Jobs to the President of the United States, global leaders are urging the implementation of coding curriculum into schools as the global economy expands.
Advances in technology have made the world flatter, enabling people of different cultures to connect and facilitating global transactions. Such advances have lowered costs of doing business, and have afforded millions of people more comfortable lives. In order to continue growing our economy and enriching our connections with people across the globe, we must incorporate a rigorous computer science curriculum in our schools.
Learning programming and coding languages also develops critical thinking and computational skills, which will also serve to produce highly skilled workers in other industries. Coding is an invaluable skill, and those who put the skill to good use, push the human race forward.
To begin the process of learning the language of coding, visit www.code.org.