Hi – do you speak Computer Science?

by Pernille Andersen – Since September 2014, the children in the UK have been guinea pigs for the most ambitious attempt yet to get kids coding, with changes to the national curriculum. A new “computing” curriculum including coding lessons for children as young as 5 has been initiated. Finally some politicians are opening their eyes to what is needed by the future workforce; however, this is not the case in the rest of the world.

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Why is it so essential that kids learn to code?

Children learn how to use technology extremely quickly; however, they are merely users and consumers and thus only a fraction actually is projected to be developers according to experts.

In many jobs today and much more in the future, knowledge of coding, coding capabilities, understanding of technology and computer science are necessary. Take for instance decision makers in the public sector, often they are situated in the job because of their with knowledge of the public sector and decision making processes within the public sector; however, they often lack the understanding of how IT is developed and how to retain talented technology experts. But still they have to take technology related decisions. Often these decisions are based on short-term budgets, which is actually counter-productive. And what about marketing managers today – many marketing activities are no longer based on creative ideas but rather surveying data and getting the IT and software to play along with marketing activities. Furthermore, new technologies that surpass old technologies and products are continuously being developed and if CEOs and boards do not have an understanding of computer science, how can they make strategic decisions for the future?

Also see Code Academy for more on how to teach coding.

 


 

by Pernille Andersen, CEO & Co-Founder of @FeedsFloor

Pernille Andersen is the CEO and Co-Founder of FeedsFloor. She is strongly opinionated on subjects like business development, management, equality of women and men, and equality between people of various religions and cultures. She has been working in and with many countries everywhere in the world, especially Japan she has a strong connection with, where she won a business competition already at the age of 22. She has furthermore been a love-refugee in Sweden for 6 years due to the Danish governments’ strict look on foreigners from outside the EU.