You simply can not argue at how much computers have changed the world we live in, because it is a simple fact. Today is the launch of the “Hour of Code” sponsored by Change.org, and the event shares Computer Science Education Week. According to The Verge, more than 33000 schools across 166 countries will dedicate one hour of classroom time to computer science this week.
The movement has the support of President Obama and a number of celebrities, and if you want to sign the petition you can do so at Code.org. Just the fact that you are reading this right now underscores the importance of programming, because without it there would be no Internet.
Sadly, many schools across the United States do not expose students to computer science. Still, the importance of computer programmers in today’s world can not be understated. Sure, not everybody is going to have the impact of Bill Gates and there is a longshot to be the next Mark Zukerberg, but aren’t those longshots echoes by believing a kid can become the next Sidney Crosby, Lebron James, or Peyton Manning?
The point is that unless kids and adults are given some exposure to writing code, which granted sounds intimidating, nobody knows if it is a field they are interested in. According to Forbes, the average starting salary of a computer science graduate was $64,100, who can’t get excited about that?
Code.org has a few wonderful tutorials from pre-basic programming to mildly advanced workshops, take a few minutes to share them with your kids or give them a try yourself. You might be surprised at just how gifted you or your children actually are.