“What’s fascinating about computer science is that it requires analytical skills, problem solving and creativity, while also being both foundational and vocational,” says Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org
Not every child who learns to write will become a novelist, nor everyone who learns algebra a mathematician, yet we treat both as foundational skills that all children should learn. Coding is the same
Understanding that in the future no profession is untouched by machines means admitting that coding is part of the liberal arts, and therefore a core skill every child must possess.
Everyone I interviewed observed that the best way to reach young children was to get them to create games, or to treat learning exercises as a form of play.
Our society remains deeply biased against careers that involve any sort of risk. Economic anxiety caused by rapid change has encouraged more conservatism when it comes to careers, at precisely the time when we should be most innovative.
But while we have made the tools more accessible, we haven’t made the careers easier to build. Nearly all creative markets are what labor economists call tournament models, where the chance of winning is small, but the winnings are huge if you can reach the pinnacle of the profession.
First, we need to cultivate more role models that show how to be a maker and that such a career is entirely possible and potentially even profitable.
Second, and most importantly, we need to address the risk of these professions head on.
But we have yet to build mechanisms to de-risk these careers over time. How can we create more market resilience for creativity?
Society isn’t about to change its approach to risk, but we can change both the perception and actual risk of taking on a creative profession.
When there is space for creativity in school curriculums, teachers and administrators are positive and supportive, but that support seems to completely wither away when a student suddenly desires to do what they love as their job.
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