There is a graduation criterion in all secondary schools around the world to demonstrate that a student has a certain level of proficiency in certain subjects. These subjects typically include mandatory languages, mathematics and sciences, and are mandatory for reasons that most occupations and tertiary educational programs require this set of knowledge. With the advent of technology and computer advancements, there is a push for Computer Science to be included in a student's learning path since it is the knowledge that will enable them better adapt and flourish in future scenarios.
Benefits of Students Learning to Code
Introduces logical and critical thinking One of the major benefits of programming is that it strengthens critical thinking by utilising the exact same process. Coders must go through the process of trial and error until reaching the solution. Through this, students will be learning the patterns and steps of critical thinking.
Fosters creativity and problem-solving skills In coding, multiple attempts made to solve an issue is common, it helps the student learn to try various techniques and a combination of their existing knowledge until the solution is achieved. Coding encourages students to maintain the mindset that there may be another way to reach the desired solution. This perspective can easily be carried into other subjects and with other people for a more accepting and open mind.
Societal Benefit Our Technologically driven economic structure requires individuals that are fluent and confident in the language of coding. As coding is the basis of anything that has to do with technology, having this skill is useful for most jobs.
Aside from these listed, there are countless other benefits. But perhaps, one of the most important reasons to integrate coding and computer science into the secondary school curriculum is to eliminate gender-based biases and economic equality gaps. Students need to be aware that coding is not a gender-specific thing, and the education system needs to provide students with the opportunity to study coding in school, not just as an after-school enrichment program for those who can afford it.
Why Teachers should learn to Code
Teachers, despite their diverse roles in the classroom, are also students who never stop learning, and learning to code is no exception. Knowing how to code and understanding the logical method behind it may help teachers "think differently" when it comes to teaching new content, allowing your pupils to better comprehend new concepts. Furthermore, there are several personal advantages to learning to code in a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session.