CityMash.com - When students are finishing up high school and starting to think about what career path they might embark upon, you’d be alarmed to hear how few jobs they actually know about! I don’t know about you, but I certainly wish I had known more about graphic design, digital media, programming, coding, and other web-based skills and occupations when I was choosing post-secondary programs. Being in the tech industry, or having a proficiency in any of these skills is proving to be quite the hot commodity!
The Education Minister recognized that children could really benefit from learning basic coding as part of the school curriculum. Beginning in the upcoming school year (2018-19) all BC students will be given the opportunity to learn basic computer coding in class. This is big! Minister Mike Bernier says that this idea is with hopes to prepare students by giving them a set of skills they will surely need in the future.
Coding is an excellent skill to have in order to do basic troubleshooting and quick-fixes when working with computers, we certainly wish it was on the schedule when we were in school! In order to get the ball rolling on this new course offering, 60 school districts began training their teachers last fall. More of this teacher training will be taking place in Kelowna, Victoria, Trail, and Prince George in the spring.
Put simply, students are not graduating into the same world that we did, and these skills are increasingly valuable and perhaps even necessary. Imagine the benefit of basic coding skills in today’s world, then think ten years down the road. The youth of today are incredibly technology literate, so this new class will be a breeze for them to grasp.
We are so excited about this step in the right direction. Thanks, Mike Bernier, this is awesome!