Why Schools Need To Teach Programming

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 - Sealed off from the rest of the world, in an eighty-seven-foot-long metal tube, cruising at twenty-one thousand feet above the ground, I told myself that we are moving into the future. It’s not like the 1980s, where you’d have to go to the library to find what kind of metal was mined in Utah. Schools still teach the old-fashioned way. Old-school. Teaching kids how to use a 3D printer or what JavaScript or Python is should be just as important as teaching kids how to solve for X in an equation! Below, I’ll explain the top three reasons why schools need to teach programming.

If you’re a newbie, you’ll need some background information on what coding even is. Coding, or programming, is how a human communicates with a computer. This is done by using a language that the computer understands. However, there are many languages, but if you know how to program using one, you can “talk with a computer.” Coding is instructing a computer to perform very specific tasks, such as asking for a name. Programming allows people to produce things like software, apps, video games, and even websites.

There are numerous types of code, which are determined by what you desire to create. Various programming languages have their own collection of commands. In basic words, computer programming is when one inputs code into a computer and the computer processes it to create the programmer’s desired outcome.

Hopefully, you read those last two paragraphs if you don’t know what programming is. I’ll be explaining eight aspects of coding that will help your child brighten their future, and how to entertain themselves and others.

THINKING - Discovering how to program provides kids with thinking skills. Coding is not always about practicing how to type different lines of code. It’s about teaching kids how to think ‘outside of the box.’ As the legendary Steve Jobs said, “A computer is a bicycle for your mind.” This is very true. Staying able to code efficiently, requires the use of perceptive thought. One needs to be able to see a big obstacle and divide it down into smaller parts in order to solve it in a sufficient manner. This is called decomposition and is one of the principal components of computational thinking. Coding reinforces this skill.

LEARNING - If you want to give your child something pleasant to do which will also be enriching and encourage them to learn new things, learning to code is an amazing option. There are many reasons why coding is important, but this is one of the most important ones, because coding is engaging, which makes it easier and more fun to learn. Your kids will learn several skills that they’ll use in the future, and with discipline and practice, obtain some valuable skills that will be with them throughout their entire lives. The best way to learn something is to integrate some sort of fun in there.

THE LACK OF SKILLS IN THE INDUSTRY - Many seasoned programmers are in need and with the elevation of technology, there are developing career possibilities emerging every day. People who can code are the base of the future and will be/are highly wanted in any business. Since qualified programmers are rare, their salaries can be at a ludicrously high level, and if children learn to code at a young age, their experience starts young and their skills will grow with them. If your kids code now, they are prone to develop an interest in the programming industry, which contributes to our future and the human race’s technological advancement.

If schools nurture these skills in their students, they will have a bigger advantage later in life when applying to college, and looking for jobs later on.

I’ve worked through some excellent reasons why coding is crucial to learn for not only young boys and girls but for anyone. If you have a child, providing them with the chance to discover a future in technology is essential. Teaching them the process of how computers work will undoubtedly supply them with an advantage in life. Learning to code while they are young will set them up for a successful future.

I hope you’ve gotten something out of this. Maybe you’ve changed your stance on programming and your children’s future. If you are a kid reading this, maybe you’ll be interested in learning how to code. Whatever you got from this article, I hope you’ll give programming a chance, and help your child nurture their own future.

also, some programming languages and sites to learn with:

By the way, this is not an advertisement for any of these sites! These websites are just good resources to learn to code that I’ve had good experiences with. The Teach Your Kids to Code website is a payment, through Udemy, for $30.00, which provides seven and a half hours of coursework through instructional videos and coding activities.

If you still have any questions about this, don't hesitate to leave a comment with your question. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

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