A Good Code-Writer is Hard to Find

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.—Bill Gates

Not only is it good mental gymnastics, but also a degree in Computer Science can get you into the six-figure pay rate zone by the middle of your career. Further, computer-programming jobs are growing at the incredible rate of twice the national average. Yet, statistics project that by the year 2020 there will be 1.4M computer science jobs and only 400,000 students who will graduate with a degree in the discipline. This means that there will be roughly one million more positions available than people qualified to fill them.

Perhaps this is because, ironically, only nine out of ten colleges and universities even offer classes in computer programmer. Further, 41 out of 50 states do not recognize coding classes as counting toward the math or science credits that are required for graduation. These days, when many English majors end up working as bartenders or wait staff, computer science majors have no trouble landing jobs in their field. Computers are instrumental in creating jobs, hence; people who are able to write code are among professionals with highest earning potential in the US.

New-Age Literacy

According to some, learning to write code is akin to being literate. There are so many benefits in becoming a coding guru! Exposing children to the coding environment puts them on the fast track to learning everything better and faster. It’s also a huge confidence builder—especially for girls who are stereotyped as “bad at math,”—and it stimulates creativity. Coding is like a vitamin for both sides of the brain, and is the key to the crème de la crème professions in the United States.  Learning to write code offers the potential to advance an entire generation of young Americans irrespective of ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status.

The Fear of the Unknown

So, what’s the hold-up? Could it be the age-old misconception that if we don’t understand something, it must be bad? Few of us took computer-programming classes in school. That sort of thing was reserved for nerds and geniuses. Nowadays, low-income public schools are successfully teaching fifth graders–boys and girls—to write code. As well, kindergartners are able to easily absorb the basics of iPad apps.

Who knew?

Welcome to Code.Org!

http://www.Code.org is a non-profit organization committed to the advancement and availability of computer programming education.

Their agenda:

ï  Alerting the world to the deficit of computer programmers

ï  Learning to write code is not as difficult as one might think

ï  Creating a solid database of programming schools, including online courses, brick & mortar institutions, and summer camps

The mission of code.org is to ensure that all students everywhere have the opportunity to learn to write code.  Further, computer science and programming should play integral roles in the core curriculum in education, in conjunction with other (STEM) courses, for example, physics and algebra, biology, and chemistry.

For more information, or to find out how you can help, please visit http://www.code.org/help


Photo courtesy of wpmu.org

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