Why children should learn coding (and you too)
hen asked about the secret to their fortune, enormously successful personalities offer differing thoughts. But if there is one thing they all unanimously agree on - Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, etc - it is that learning how to code is something that would definitely help in any endeavor.
The developer mindset
Do you read your child ‘How It’s Made’ books to inculcate curiosity in them? Do you send them to piano lessons in hopes that they will develop artistry and creativity?
These are the same reasons many young parents are compelled to provide their children with a coding background as well. Learning how to code imparts to your child a unique framework for problem solving - the developer mindset.
See, in essence, coding constitutes a process of decomposition; of setting a specific goal and creating actionable steps to reach that goal. If a developer were to approach a certain problem, say set up a tree in his house for Christmas, they might formulate such a sequence:
- Find a tree and make a purchase
- Take it home (or get it delivered)
- Place the tree in a part of the house that receives sunlight
- Buy ornaments for the tree
- Decorate the tree
- Enjoy the finished project
- Take a beautiful family picture
- Take some time to improve the decoration and put the family picture you have just taken on the top of the tree (space for continuous improvement)
In this way, coding a product develops the skills needed for project management. Through an appreciation of the exact steps needed to get things done, your child practices employing the developer mindset. And since there are many ways to get the same thing done in coding, your child will get to exercise their creative gene. Inevitably, as your child learns to circumvent coding blockages, they build self-confidence in their ability to overcome failure.
Soon they start to love their problems and become more organized in their way of tackling them. As a habit, they become averse to rote memorization and think critically with each new problem.
Social problem solving
Many perceive developers as introverts who prefer self-isolation. But real life strays from media portrayals of coders and pariah hackers. It’s less Mr Robot, more Google. The fact is, developers have to be very social in order to be good at their job. In reality, developers rarely code along, often coding in at least a pair. They rely heavily on feedback and partnership to code products, and even when alone, are very active on forums to seek advice and suggest some of their own. Being a developer is 10% coding and 90% debugging. So developers understand that to expedite development, they have to freely exchange information within other knowledgeable people in the community.
A coding class simulates this environment of mutual growth and sharing, and develops team players.
The economy is not turning back
The economy has discovered code, and it is not turning back. Software, programs, mobile applications, games, blockchain and more. Every single aspect of the economy relies on code.
Learning coding is the best gift you can do to your children and yourself. It will improve your social and project management skills but most important, you will get the developer's mind which is a problem-solving one. Improving your structure, thinking, creativity. Opening many doors for now and tomorrow
Coding has become the most valued skill in the market. In Singapore, this is especially salient where there is a lacuna for tech-trained professionals as the country moves toward being a hub for tech startups.
Even by learning the basics of coding, an individual puts themselves way ahead of competition, increasing their chances of employment at the firm of their choice. Whether you are kickstarting a career in tech or simply understanding the technologies in your own industry, learning how to code is the place to start.
It's code o'clock
Anyone should be able to code. It can seem intimidating to many at first but with the right tools and guidance, everyone should be able to pick it up.
While there are many online resources available to kickstart your coding aspirations, they cannot possibly encode the social and technical support that an in-person class and teacher can provide. There is a reason why less than 10% of people who start online coding courses actually complete them.
Coding is for everyone. Learn it, gift yourself and your children with these useful and precious skills for today and tomorrow, allowing life and work development. This is why I believe so much in it.
For learning opportunities as follows:
- Learn the basics of Python, which is the most in-demand coding language in the world
- Learn the basics of Mobile Application Development
- Teach in your school, University or bootcamp
- Lead workshops or crash course
To start on your coding journey today, contact me here.