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Code is the Future

February 28, 2013

I started my foray into the world of programing at a young age. I think I was about 10 when I wrote my first “real” program. It was a text based trivia game written in basic. Of course the trivia questions the game asked were such that I was probably the only person who knew the answer. Most of them were akin to Bilbo’s question to Gollum “What have I got in my pocket?” I wanted to make sure that I could beat my own game. But regardless of how silly my little program was. I was able to create it. I figured out how to make a program! From that point on programing was not only a skill and tool I had at my disposal but it helped teach me to think, solve problems, and understand that there are always more than one way to approach any situation. Beyond all that for me programing it has grown into not only something that I love to do but also the means in which I make my living.

What I find interesting is that programming is still not really taught in schools until the college level. Think about how much technology in general has taken over our lives. It is everywhere. We carry computers in our pockets. My iPhone is exponentially more powerful than the computer that I wrote my first program on (and yes I have written code from my iPhone). Last year I was camping in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and was able to watch the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA playoffs on my iPad. The point is that technology is everywhere and it is a part of everything that we do. That is not going to change. In fact it is only going to become more integrated in every facet of our daily lives. Wouldn’t it make sense to expose everyone to programing? Beyond that wouldn’t it make since to do so at a young age when we are most able to learn? I think so. And so do the people at code.org.

Take a look at the below statistics from the code.org website:

Think about it. Every day technology becomes more and more embedded in our everyday lives and yet fewer and fewer people are choosing computer science as a career choice. According to the above statistics 2% of all math and science students go into computer programing and yet 60% of the math and science jobs are programing related!

As a society I think we need to do a better job of recognizing growth areas in the workforce and make sure that we at least expose our children to those areas.

I for one have volunteered over at code.org to help do what I can. I would encourage each of you to at least check them out. Perhaps together we can help fill a market place with not only skilled individuals but also with people who enjoy going to work and who can with he help of technology carry us into the future.

Jeff

http://www.statusnotquo.com

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