Apple CEO: More computer science and coding education needed Jaysean Erby raises his hands as he solves a coding problem, as Apple CEO Tim Cook watches from behind at an Apple Store, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Apple CEO: More computer science and coding education needed
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Teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language. And the younger they start learning it, the better, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
 
Cook spoke to a group of New York third graders who visited a Manhattan Apple store for an "Hour of Code" class. In an interview afterward, he said that schools aren't putting enough emphasis on computer-science education, but he has "great hope" that will change and coding will ultimately become a required class for all kids.
 
"From an economic standpoint the job segment itself today is huge, but it's going to become even larger," Cook said.
 
And if the concepts are introduced at a young age, in a fun way, it's more likely that kids will find them cool and stay interested as they grow older, hopefully resulting in a larger and more diverse tech workforce down the road, he said.
 
Cook added that even if kids don't grow up to get a lucrative job in the tech industry, they'll discover a new way to be creative and pick up important problem-solving skills along the way.
 
The kids at the Dec. 9 event played a Star Wars-themed game created by the non-profit group Code.org in partnership with Disney. On iPad Minis, they used basic drag-and-drop commands to program their droid to do things like pick up scrap metal and evade Stormtroopers.
 
Their teacher, Joann Khan, said the kids' introduction to coding was probably a first for most of her students, noting that her school, located in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood, no longer has a computer lab.
 
She said the lessons taught through the game bring to life some of the math skills the kids are learning in her classroom, something she planned to point out to them when they returned to school.
 
The "Hour of Code" workshop was one of many held by Apple Inc. and a slew of other technology companies around the world as part of a Code.org push to introduce as many kids as possible to computer science through a one-hour class.

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COMMENTS (11)
  • briannec-ste
    12/16/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    Those games would be a fun way of learning a code language. It is import for the children to learn if their computer ever gets a virus.

  • erino-6-bar
    12/17/2015 - 11:48 p.m.

    Tim Cook, the CEO of apple, thinks that learning the computer language is as important as learning any other language because of the growing technology industry. He had said "From an economic standpoint the job segment itself today is huge, but it's going to become even larger." Which reveals that because of the enlarging economy of the technological industry, if kids know more about how to properly code, it will be easier for them to get a job when they are older.

    I liked this article because I think it is great that kids are learning a valuable skill that they will benefit from in the future in a fun and child-friendly way.

  • laurenc-bag
    1/14/2016 - 03:54 p.m.

    Tim Cook probably believes that computer science and coding is like any other language because it's a part of everyday life. You interact with technology every day which includes codes. And,I don't believe it's necessary. I think that because, for example, what if you were to grow up to become a chef? I mean, it's nifty to know, but it's not necessary.

  • 12lattany,anthonie-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:49 p.m.

    You shouldnt put down one persons way if thats what they think computer language is just as important than any other language.

  • 5cruz,sanson-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:51 p.m.

    Because it can help you in the future with how tech dependent we are now a days.

  • 20vergara,ivan-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:57 p.m.

    I actually want to learn how to code so i think they're lucky but sometime i'll learn how since it'll be necessary because I want to be an engineer

  • 7harrison,david-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:57 p.m.

    So that they can learn about coding while playing games at once.

  • 10jackson,admiral-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:58 p.m.

    I agree with tim cook we should have coding as a required class.

  • 4austin,lacey-pai
    2/10/2016 - 12:58 p.m.

    He thinks it's important because many careers are computer based.

  • 14manabat,sean-pai
    2/10/2016 - 01:00 p.m.

    Computer language is a basic part of every day life as well as the future.

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