Apple CEO Tim Cook says you should learn coding as early as possible, probably in elementary school
In a Friday interview with Bright, a Dutch media outlet, the Apple CEO stressed the importance of teaching coding skills at school.
The CEO of Apple said that everyone should learn programming before graduating from high school and, from my point of view, elementary schools should teach it. Additionally, Tim Cook has said that he considers coding to be the only universal language. Moreover, it is the most important language one can learn.
Undoubtedly, your native language is essential to communicate, but a programming language is essential to help you open the door to the world of creativity. Also, Tim Cook recommends making programming part of the preschool curriculum for years.
Therefore, according to CNBC reports in 2019, Tim called coding a basic skill similar to math and history. Meanwhile, this summer Apple’s CEO worked with more than 500 business leaders to present their demands to the US government. The request was to update the K-12 curriculum in every state and make computer classes an essential part of elementary education.
Coding is one of the most valuable skills a person can acquire. It can open new doors, jump-start careers, and make big dreams seem like achievable goals. Everyone in the world should have the opportunity to learn to code. https://t.co/yWfNlmQwdz
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 12, 2022
However, Tim Cook added that the United States is at the forefront of technology globally. But still, only 5% of our high school students study computer science, which is not justifiable. We are at the origin of the invention of the personal computer, the Internet and the smartphone.
Thus, the letter that Tim Cook wrote included that it is the responsibility of American schools to prepare the next generation for the new American dream.
Meanwhile, given estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States is heading towards a path that includes a shortage of 1.2 million software engineers by 2026. The previous year, the annual salary median for software developers in the United States was $109,020, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As a result, students who have applied for programming positions with non-traditional backgrounds and careers say they still struggle to find jobs.
Take the example of Sophia Cheong, who quit her restaurant job during the pandemic to attend a coding boot camp. She told Insider last year that she had been rejected 357 times. Alas, she managed to secure an entry-level position in the tech industry.
Additionally, Sophie says she is aware of shortages everywhere. Although she also feels that so many people are looking for jobs simultaneously, she doesn’t know why no one has found a solution to the problem yet.