Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wants you to code
Titled "What most schools don't teach," the video begins with Zuckerberg, Gates and other tech icons recalling the time they got their start in coding. (A video player and a link to the video appear, below) For some, that was in sixth grade. For others, such as Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook's first female engineer, that happened in college.
"I wanted to work on ideas. In order to see them grow, I had to learn how to code," said Jack Dorsey who created Twitter.
"I think there is a lack of desire, there is a lack of push to teach people how to program and how to code. It's not all that dissimilar to learning a foreign language. It's just a way to instruct a machine on what to do. It empowers people to start a business, to start a project, to really speak to a daily issue that they are having or other people are having."
But it's not just tech leaders promoting programming in the video. Chris Bosh, of the Miami Heat basketball team, says about coding: "I know it can be intimidating, a lot of things are intimidating, but, you know, what isn't?"
Critical thinking challenge: How does learning to code relate to learning to play a sport?
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc
- Posted on February 27, 2013