Teaching Our Kids to Code

There’s no denying it. We are failing our kids. Estimates suggests that total global IT spending will hit $3.5 trillion this year alone. And that over the next five years, the use of digital technologies will expand the global GDP by $1.36 trillion.

Given these statistics, it’s shocking to realize that learning how to code and program isn’t compulsory. As a matter of fact, most students need to seek out specific programs, workshops or after-school sessions in order to get introduced to the concept of coding.

While this lack of coding or support to encourage this as a mandatory skill isn’t impossible, the real problem is in the discrepancy between the need for developer jobs and the lack of qualified candidates.

These numbers are staggering, and only begin to hint at the skills necessary to survive in the workforce of the not so distant future.

However, before we panic, about the lack of infrastructure set up to support teaching children how to learn how to code in the classroom, there are a number of sources that enable parents to help teach their kids these concepts and skills from a fairly early age.

Code Kids is a great film that addresses the issue, and is worth watching in full. See the trailer below or watch the film in its entirety.

Code Kids, The Documentary Trailer from Hemmings House on Vimeo.