It’s official. We need to teach coding.

Well not official, but when a business leader says that computer coding, computational thinking and design need to be taught alongside traditional subjects to prepare your children for the future, it may be the first step in making it part of the school curriculum.

Catherine Livingstone, national president of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) spoke at the National Press Club stated this and more. A lot we already knew – a lot of jobs won’t exist in the future. In his famous TED speech, Ken Livingstone astutely stated that we are preparing children for jobs we haven’t even imagined yet, and I think he’s dead right. Livingstone also cautioned that Australia is falling behind the rest of the world in digital literacy. I wonder if she has seen the new Australian Curriculum and its new outcomes addressing this. Whether it is enough, time will tell.

We may not be able to teach our youth the specific manual skills required for jobs of the future, but we can teach them to think. Think in a way to persevere at solving a problem. Think about how things work and how they can be improved, and to be engaged enough in their surrounds to want to do something about improving them for all. A child with these thinking skills will have the capacity to adapt to and learn what they need to make a worthwhile contribution in the jobs of the future.

Livingstone stated that “Australians must move away from the notion that work is something begun after a long period of study to a system where it is integrated with learning”.

We already have that system. It’s called apprenticeships and TAFE.

Young guy, old beige keyboard. They will soon have a 90s retro computing vibe, or even earlier 80s Commodore 64 vibe.

Young guy, old beige keyboard. They will soon have a 90s retro computing vibe, or even earlier 80s Commodore 64 vibe.

News article from:

Janda, M. (2015, April 28). Welders not lawyers: Business Council warns Australia needs to prepare for future jobs. Retrieved April 29, 2015, from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-29/business-council-warns-australia-needs-to-prepare-for-future-jo/6430456?section=business

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