Apple CEO Tim Cook said it is more important for young people to learn computer coding than English as a second language.
Cook made his comments during a conversation with Konbini, a multi-format media company based Paris, France. The chief executive of the tech giant visited the country and met Frencg President Emmanuel Macron this week.
According to Cook, “If I were a French student and I were ten years old, I think it would be more important for me to learn coding than English.”
The tech giant’s CEO clarified that he is not suggesting that people should not learn English. He
said, “I think you understand what I am saying, this is a language that you can express yourself to 7 billion people in the world.”
During the conversation , Cook mentioned that Apple is trying hard to help everyone learn coding . The company made its Swift programming language macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS accessible to anyone.
Cook said Swift is easy to learn just like Apple products, which are easy to use. He said, “It is the language the everyone needs. It is not just for computer scientists, it’s for all of us.”
The Swift Playgrounds app for iPad is fun and interactive. Therefore, it is easier for beginner coders (ages 12 and above) to learning coding easier. Take note that Apple stores offer monthly activities including teaching kids how to code.
Furthermore, the Apple CEO explained the main goal of learning how to code is creativity. He emphasized the coding helps bring out the creativity in a person.
“Creativity is in the front seat; technology is in the backseat. It is sort of the blend with both of these that you can do such powerful things now,” said Cook.
Moreover, Cook suggested that every public school around the world should require coding. In other words, include coding in their curriculum.
In my opinion, that is a great idea. It is highly-beneficial for students around the world to learn coding. At present, the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in many countries such as the United States require knowledge in computer programming.
That is one of the reasons, the White committed a $200 million annual funding for computer science education in schools across America. Other countries like Japan, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are doing doing similar actions—adding computer science in school curriculum.
For those interested in learning how to code, visit code.org. The website offers free coding courses for elementary, middle, and and high school students. In 2013, the organization launched the Hour of Code campaign to teach coding to students worldwide. Today, 10% of the world’ students or more than 448 million already tried it.