Inspired by Zuck, Obama Supports Kids Learning Tech

From the PC Mag article

In order to have patented technology, however, you have to have technology smarts. When Fried later asked the president if he thinks high schools should have a computer programming requirement similar to a foreign language requirement, Obama said he “thinks it makes sense.”

Ultimately, Obama said he wants to make sure the high school experience is “relevant.” Vocational schools “got a bad rap,” he said, because the perception was that people were being fast tracked into blue-collar jobs.

But Obama pointed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who told the president that he’d taught himself to code, primarily because he was interested in gaming. There’s a whole generation of kids who could benefit from getting a head start on similar high-tech learning. It “engages kids,” Obama said.

“Given how pervasive computers and the Internet is now, I want to make sure they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not simply consume stuff,” he said.




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