Every student should have the chance to learn how to code. Go back in time 10 years and software development was for geeks only, now it spans a much broader audience as software developers are more in-demand than ever before. Some of us were lucky enough to go to elementary or High Schools that offered coding classes as part of the standard curriculum, however many students never get this chance.
Enter Code.org, a new initiative that promotes teaching students how to code. Heck, it’s 2013, every school should teach coding, just like Chemistry and Physics, I think it’s time to make coding a required part of our standard education system. Code.org is a non-profit that is working hard to get support for coding classes at schools across the country.
They have some big names supporting them with people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates stepping up to the plate and helping to promote the cause. Check-out the video below and if you like what you hear I highly recommend you sign your name (completely free) and donate if you’d like.
If you have kids, and you a computer with an Internet connection at home (yes we take this for granted but tens of millions of people in the US don’t have a computer with an Internet connection at home!). Have them get started with something like Codecademy. Last but not least, inspire your kids to build something they like once they learn the basics. There’s nothing like the feeling of building something all your own.