As society progresses and the world changes so too must our guidelines for education. The information that was relevant a decade ago no longer applies. And the issue at hand is far bigger than whether or not Pluto is a planet.
In times like these, we look to the leaders of our world, the individuals making major strides in their fields. And often times the information these forward thinkers give us is not the same as the opinion of the masses. Such was the case when Tim Cook – the CEO of Apple – went to France.
People were surprised when the millionaire and tech innovator expressed the opinion that in today’s climate learning how to code is more important than learning English as a second language. Language learning has always been considered a fundamental aspect of education by most people. Children are pushed to learn multiple languages. And in many non-English speaking countries that language is English.
Why is English a popular choice as a second language? Simple. It is the most commonly spoken language in the world. It serves as the official language in over 53 countries and is spoken as a first language by 400 million people globally. So it always seemed like a sound decision to push children into learning English as a second language. As it would open up social and professional opportunities.
But the Apple CEO bases his opinion off of shifting climates. In the age of technology learning how to code is becoming more and more essential. And with online access to free tutorials and learning apps, the number of people learning this skill is speedily increasing.
In a recent interview with a French news website, Cook said that French schools and students should be prioritizing learning coding over learning English. Because this – coding – is a language that allows communication with 7 billion people. Cook seemed adamant that coding should be a part of school curriculum globally. And he is not alone.
Why should students learn how to code?
1- High Demand
Statistics show that up to 71% of recent job opportunities in STEM are related to computer science and coding. But only 8% of STEM majors are pursuing a path in computer science. That means the market demand for accomplished coders is much higher than the supply. And students who learn how to code early on will be set to secure lucrative jobs in the tech industry.