Knowing How to Code Will Lead to a Better Life

When our four girls were growing up in the 70s and 80s, they were introduced to computers at an early age. Their first computer was a TRS-80, then a Commodore 64, eventual an IBM PC during their high school years, except for the youngest who was an early Mac person. The first three went off to college with a home built PC and a printer, except for the youngest who sold her pony and bought a Mac and a scanner, while mom and dad contributed a printer.

This early introduction to computers, word processing and spreadsheets gave them a leg up when it came to capturing part time jobs at college, and full time jobs on graduation. The youngest had taught herself HTML in high school and was hired at CalPoly to teach professors how to create web pages for their classes.

Now knowing how to program a computer is the future key to success according to an article in the UK Daily Mail. According to the Mail, ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ society could be reality for school leavers unable to write code.

• Those who know how to write code could enjoy a better life, expert said
• Young people without skill would languish in equivalent of the scullery
• A new compulsory computing curriculum was introduced in September
• Coding lessons for pupils as young as five to be rolled out in schools in the UK

The only schools in Nevada County that include coding in lesson plans are some Charter Schools. Nevada Union has an after school techie club that has coding segments, plus NU holds summer camps for kids to learn coding.

In my opinion, all of our schools should be following the UK example and introducing computer coding in our schools, starting by with learning the development process including structured thinking, and eventually coding their own games and graphic tools.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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