In today’s digital climate, the most important skills available to man are those which relate to computers. With basic technological literacy you’re able to do things like browse on google for recipes, saving you from awkward dinnertime fiascos, or fact-check on Wikipedia, saving you from embarrassing misquotes you might otherwise make. This digital landscape is constructed in languages which today are quite poorly understood by the majority of the population. This is a disadvantage to them. In order to help you understand all the advantages you could be giving your children, here are five reasons to teach your child to code.
1. There’s 15 times as much information online as there is in the physical world, and in our age of intellectual work, the more you know, the more you earn. What this means is that those who have access to the online realm are far better placed to earn more than those who are still trying to learn from dusty books in echoing empty libraries. Coding allows you to not only access this information, but also to create programs which automatically synthesize all the information available to you. So as opposed to looking for various dinnertime courses by hand, your child could one day write a program which analyzes all the various recipes available, as well as the lists of set meals and foods listed that work well together, and automatically present a set list for a multi course dinner. A mouth-watering justification for coding.
2. The earlier you teach them, the more the learning will stick. Skills which are introduced early on in a child’s life have a higher propensity to remain with them, resulting in a lifetime of coding capacity for a comparatively small amount of effort input. This is due to the highly plastic nature of a child’s brain, which can easily be shaped by lessons during this period. The older your child gets without having learned this, the harder it will be for them to adopt the skill as the neurological shift is harder in a stiffer mind.
3. Along with your child’s increased culinary capacity, you can also expect increased cash flow later on in life with coding skills having been introduced early on. Computer science is one of the most lucrative of the academic fields, just ask Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs (oh no, he can’t reply any more—whoops). So in case you’re concerned that your children won’t be able to afford to keep you in a swanky retirement home, this is the skill you want to focus on teaching them early on.
4. We often hear that English is the international language of diplomacy, business, aviation, and frustratingly oblivious tourists. Alongside English there are now new languages developing, spoken in almost all the nations on earth. These are the coding languages, their dictionaries are the computers and cellphones which have become so ubiquitous in modern society. By introducing code at a young age, you provide your child not only with the possibility of a high-earning job, but also of a high-earning job anywhere in the world.
5. You provide your child a skill for life. By introducing your child to the language of code you provide them with the opportunity to pursue this skill as both a career and a hobby for the remainder of their life. There is no upper limit to the coding ceiling. Breakthroughs and discoveries continue to be made in a thriving community of online developers who are connected and networked globally. Coding can become more than your child’s weekend hobby, coding can become their passion.
Written by Marcomms Intern, Jack Seaberry.