Apple’s CEO Insists Coding Should Be Taught At Younger Ages

ubergizmo: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has not been shy in his opinion that coding should be taught in schools. In fact, more recently it seems that Cook thinks that coding should be taught at a young age and that going to university and getting a four-year degree to become proficient at coding is not necessary.

His comments came when he met up with 16-year-old Liam Rosenfeld who is one of the scholarship winners to Apple’s WWDC event next month. Speaking to TechCrunch, Cook used Rosenfeld as an example of how learning coding from a young age and progressively building up your skills could be better than getting a four-year degree to become proficient at the skill.

According to Cook, “I don’t think a four year degree is necessary to be proficient at coding. I think that’s an old, traditional view. What we found out is that if we can get coding in in the early grades and have a progression of difficulty over the tenure of somebody’s high school years, by the time you graduate kids like Liam, as an example of this, they’re already writing apps that could be put on the App Store.”

This does not mean that Cook thinks that degrees are unnecessary, but rather he suggests that maybe starting out early at a younger age could make the learning process more efficient. Apple has been trying to do their part in encouraging kids to code, such as releasing Swift Playgrounds which teaches kids the basics of coding.

Source: Published by ubergizmo

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