How do I see coding?

Coding is what you should learn, no matter how old you are!  That sounds like the message I have got from the video, especially from this post.

If you learn this skill and you’re actually good at it, you might get a really awesome job. The Atlantic points out that, according to the Department of Labor and Statistics, coding is a sector that’ll grow 30 percent faster on average than other industries, and had a median salary of $90,000/year in 2010. Sure, Code.org will teach you to do that for free. Although, not everyone needs to code and not everyone can be good enough at it to you know, write the next Facebook. But look, Chris Bosh loves to write CSS. That’s enough to make your day. [The Atlantic]

I have watched the video, and left with “mixed” views and feelings.  Learning how to code would get you a decent job, and that coding as a sector would grow faster than other industries.  Is that really the point?

Both Benjamin and Kirsten have got their points.  Benjamin asserts that we should be thinking more positively. Kirsten argues that just knowing how to code won’t get kids anywhere.

To me: the whole video is sending a message of: “we don’t need no education”, though all the famous people mentioned in the video started with some forms of coding, but not really about acquiring those “skills” through their formal education.  Why would such skills be needed so desperately in formal education?  Are these coding skills self-learnt as Mark and Bill had done?

I would ask: What is the purpose of this video? Who would it be for? Why promoting coding for kids? Is coding really relating to the success of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg etc.?

First the title of the video is: What most schools don’t teach?  Why?  Who decides on the school curriculum?  What is to be taught, and what is not?

For those people who would like to imitate Steve, Bill and Mark, yes, learning by yourself, without finishing formal education may be what you aspire to.  The only question is: Do you think you need an opportunity and a bit of “luck” to be like them?

I remember learning computer programming throughout my early studies, and career, but does coding make a difference?  May be, not much, if I am not creating a social media or computer business.  Where would success be coming from?

The real success came not from mere knowing how to code, though Mark admitted that coding was about helping a friend, or doing something that would be done using computer, and it was fun.

Success for these famous people came from being able to seize an opportunity, based on one’s skills and perseverance, and an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to create and maintain a business, together with getting the “best” people, engineers, etc. to work with and for them. 

How would I interpret the video message?

Learn something like coding, as it could be fun, especially for our school children, who are curious to learn.

Through such coding activity, they may rekindle their interests in learning.  We all noted that children like to play games.

Teaching children how to code might help them to acquire learning habits, especially when they are young.  When they grow older, they could decide if that would help them in getting their dream jobs, this is especially important in face of an unknown future world, with rapidly changing technology, and even the coding itself might have changed significantly that some of them might be replaced by new forms of language in the near future.

Would these sorts of videos help children or adults to take up more opportunities to learn about coding?  Yes, if coding leads to better job opportunities, especially for those who are un-employed, or those who are interested in computer technology, or technology in social media or education, AI etc.

May be another question is: What do the children want?  Games? Or learning to code, in order to create games?

If children are to learn more about games, or play games, then coding may help, but it is not necessary to “teach” children how to code, as they would learn them through self-teaching, through the internet, or by peer-learning and sharing over networks.

There are a lot of questions and challenges relating to posting videos of famous people, in promoting a certain set of values, that may not be that clear for the public.

There are also economics involved in each promotion: the supply and demand of certain skills for different people.

Why are we always seeing different comments or critics on videos on promotion? One of the reasons may be due to our difficulty in understanding the motive behind any “promotion of education” video.

This is why there are always “hype” and “myths”, or even memes around education, learning nowadays.

There are critics based on critical analysis, whilst there are also remarks which may be due to doubts and uncomfortable feelings with the video message.  There are even “political” views on such promotion of coding, or the promotion of the people themselves – with some praises, and negative comments, that may be due to complicated reasons.

To what extent would you believe that coding would make you a “better” learned person?

I would leave them to you to judge.