Coding is the new English

The other day I think about the future, and try to predict what is the next ‘thing’ that a person must have in their skill set. I mean it is important right, to know what’s coming next and prepare yourself before it is too late. Then I come up with some ideas – looking into the past and learn from there.

Background of this thought,

I realized, there are still many people in my hometown who still can’t speak English and people who don’t know how to use computer. It’s 21st century we are talking about. Well, some might argue that this condition resulted from poverty and low-educational background.

Use ‘being able to speak English’ as example. In my grandfather’s time, not many people urge themselves to learn English, since they don’t see the value of it, imagine 1960s and 1970s living in a small city with less contact to international world.

Then during my father’s time, globalization started to take place. People start to realize they ‘should’ be able to speak English. Some people took extra language classes or going abroad to study, while at the same time there were people who failed to realize the value of learning second language.

Then come my time, I remember getting many pushes from my parents to learn English in middle school. They said, you ‘must’ learn. See the shift from ‘should’ to ‘must’. I believed the conversation took place in 2007 or 2008 which means almost 10 years ago. Then globalization continue to developed until today. Now, in the year of 2016-2017, everyone is talking about learning ‘ a third language’ whether Mandarin, French, Spanish or others.

Then I try to picture a future world, what is the new thing that is so important that the next generation ‘must’ have in their skill set, which means that myself and my generation ‘should’ learn before it is too late.

I believe in Coding or programming language. 

I have seen some small trends for kids to learn basic coding in fun ways starting from as early as 6 years old! It’s almost the same age as to start reading. Maybe, the next generation will see us who don’t know how to code as illiterate people.

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let me know if you share the same thought! Happy start learning coding!


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