Why your 8-year-old should be coding | VentureBeat
It’s an interesting idea, that 8 year olds should be coding, but I don’t buy this argument. Computing will be everywhere, and new jobs will be created that need computing. But doesn’t it really mean that 8 year olds should be taught job skills? Will they remember those job skills by the time they hit the job market? What can we teach an 8 year old in computing that will still be relevant 9 years later? I do buy the importance of influencing students’ opinions and dreams early on.
Vedati, on the other hand, is planning for the long term by working with kids much younger, much earlier, trying to educate them about those options when they still have years to form opinions and create and live their own dreams.
“If you close your eyes and think about the world 10 years from now, it will be completely different,” Vedati said.
“Kids will have computing everywhere. Doctors will be using computing to make decisions. Jobs will require more technology. … The new jobs that will be created won’t be just programming jobs. But can you think about organizing data? Information and computation is coming to every field.”
And that, dear readers, is why your eight-year-old should be coding.