will.i.am wants you to learn how to program

Code.org has been running a campaign to increase the amount students who take computer programming courses in the United States.  Their logic is simple.  “Computer Science is a top paying degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.”  No matter what field a student plans to negotiate in his or her career a substantial knowledge of computer programming can enhance the solving of future needs, create new opportunities, and spawn new business growth.

will.i.am who is famous for using computer programming techniques and methods in his music states that “Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“ He will credit his knowledge of computer science as a vital tool for creating new music as will others such as Kaskade, a world-famous DJ.

But we do not have to travel far into complex art to see great potential in America.  Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg are all known for being dissatisfied with the traditional route of education and yet they made huge successes by departing the college track and getting projects done.  There must be something we can learn from how they learn, design, develop, test, and publish.  There must be a success formula in there than can help students achieve life long goals and increase potential.

Yet, we still don’t teach or require computer programming in most of our schools.  Let me ask you, did your school participate in the “Hour of Coding”, a nation wide recognition of computer science learning?  I saw a lot about it on the news, but I did not hear or read anything from my teacher friends.  In fact, I heard many answers such as “no, we did not” or “What is that?”.

I am also curious if you are listening to our politicians’ concerns about our future.  Here is Senator Marco Rubio‘s quote.  “Computer programmers are in great demand by American businesses, across the tech sector, banking, entertainment, you name it. These are some of the highest-paying jobs, but there are not enough graduates to fill these opportunities.“  The current potential of American opportunity and stability depends upon sufficient and competent in-house programmers.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help your school teach computer science please go to code.org, watch their promotional video, use their materials, and point students to tutorials they could explore tomorrow.  You might find that some of them can get good paying jobs while they are in college.  That is what Chris Bosh, a famous basketball player from Georgia Tech, explains to others when he is interviewed about computer programming.  Computer programming teaches students how to design, develop, analyze, learn from failure, and overcome complex issues that will create job opportunities tomorrow.



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