A new theory is sweeping through the educational world and it is threatening to overwhelm those who are unable to keep up and unwilling to look towards the future. More and more experts are talking about the importance of coding and learning how to code at a young age; so much so that it has probably become the new educational fad of the decade. With all this new importance being placed on coding, one thing should be coming to everyones mind; do you or your children know how to code or even what coding is? The sad truth is that America not only falling behind in a number of educational categories, but also that it is desperately falling behind the coding trend.
With President Barack Obama typing the first line of code a US president has ever typed earlier this week, coding is now more in the public limelight than it has been in the past decade. President Obama wrote his line of code as part of ‘Hour of Code’, a program designed by Code.org to help introduce people to the world of coding in an easy and painless way. Code.org is a non-profit that has dedicated itself to increasing the exposure the average American gets to coding, especially women and minorities. It works to introduce coding into the national educational curriculum and to get kids, and adults, excited about and interested in coding. By creating programs like ‘Hour of Code’ and hosting activities and programs around the country, Code.org is slowly making sure that everyone at least knows what coding is and how it effects their everyday life.
There are, without a doubt, people who don’t see the value of coding and learning how computers and technology work. While this is fine, they are forgetting that the world is becoming more and more interconnected and technology is becoming more and more important. Coding is going to help Americans connect in ways they never thought possible and as it grows more and more important, there will be a stronger emphasis on it. Now is the time to get our children into coding; it is the future.
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