what most schools don’t teachYou might have already heard about code.org at the time of reading this article. The video which was launched less than 4 days ago has now gone viral and is already viewed by more than 2 million people on YouTube. So what is the big deal about this video? Why is everyone talking about it?

Why coding?

Coding, an integral part of computer education is often regarded as intimidating, difficult or reserved only for a section of people.  Most schools don’t teach coding, the absolute essential aspect of developing any software or program. There are many reasons for this, one of them is the lack of educated and motivated teachers to teach coding to students. Also, most people don’t realize how important computers are in today’s world. It is virtually impossible to carry out any kind of work without the aid of computer technology. Be it any profession, science, music or even arts, computers are involved everywhere. It is imperative that everyone must know how to code, its importance can be compared with that of learning to read and write. We are surrounded by so much technology, and we don’t know how or from where it comes. The mindset for so many years has been that coding or computer education is meant only for people with advanced skills and knowledge. But this cannot be farther from the truth. In reality, coding is nothing but use of human logic and there is nothing difficult about it.

Everyone from a child to an old person can learn to code. It helps to keep the brain sharp and focused. It also opens a whole new world of discovery and awe. The purpose of the what most schools don’t teach video is to educate the masses about coding and in addition help them learn how to code.

So what’s the video all about?

The video is titled in a very interesting manner so as to arouse the curiosity of the people. It does not give away anything about the content, until you actually start watching it. It contains testimonials from some of the smartest and most recognized people on earth, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It even has NBA basketball all star Chris and Black Eyed Peas band member, Will.i.am talking about how they are learning how to code! The video shows that how coding helped them and several other entrepreneurs to eventually build the big empires that they now run.

It is shot in a very casual yet impactful manner. Here are people who are billionaires and possibly among the most skilled people in their fields, telling you that what they do isn’t exactly rocket science. It encourages people from all walks of life to learn how to code. The video also stresses on the fact that there is a dearth of skilled engineers in the industry. The main idea is to push schools towards teaching coding from the earliest age and also encourage the common man to take up coding on their own.

It encourages you to take up classes at school or learn coding at code.org. This is a non-profit website dedicated to helping people learn how to code with simple and interactive games and exercises for people of all age groups.

Video: What most schools don’t teach you
(First released on YouTube in February, 2013)

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