By Connor Couture
When one thinks of code, one thinks of a person typing away at a screen full of what appears to be senseless gibberish type. However, it is far from that; it is what powers our modern day lives. Our smartphones, computers, TVs, and even our cars all use code to function. Every click or tap on a screen executes a multitude of code. Coding is an incredibly powerful skill that will just get more and more useful as time passes along. The amount of code used in our world will continue to exponentially grow. However, when many think of code, many think of it as a highly math-based STEM field. I see it differently, though. While coding does indeed use a lot of math, I see it as art. The possibilities of code are endless, and it’s one’s creativity that will allow it to be used to its fullest potential.
Many believe that the study of Computer Science is just another narrow discipline, however, it is far from that. Computer Science is an incredibly diverse field of study; it unlocks so many possibilities. Coding abilities are key to so much nowadays. The highly successful founders of powerful Silicon Valley tech companies such as Google and Facebook are all coders. Creative thinking ultimately was what brought these companies to great success. Coding is not just about typing in text; coding is much more than that. Code, like numerous art forms, is a medium in which a person can convey their brilliant idea, and this is what makes coding so amazing. Through code, so many innovative ideas have been brought to fruition. Coding knowledge is often what kick-starts so many successful startups nowadays (including a company that literally ‘kick-starts’ startups). It is also what is pushing our society as a whole forward. By the time we have self-driving cars (which is actually not that far off), each one of them will be running millions and millions of lines of code. Coding is truly the medium in which mind-blowing ideas are brought to reality.
I honestly believe that we should all see the importance of code in our modern society. I personally have been lucky enough to be surrounded by technology ever since I have been little, and I have been learning coding skills for quite a few years now. However, I believe we should push this forward. We must see coding as a core subject instead of just being yet another elective. I believe coding should be taught from mid-elementary school on up. An early start and a focus on code will bring so many members of our country up to speed on coding, a skill that is quite useful in the long run. We should see code not just as yet another STEM subject, but as a medium in which brilliant ideas are brought to fruition in a real world context. Coding offers the skills that will build the powerful businesses of tomorrow, an art form in which creative thinking is brought to a real world level, an ability akin to architecture in that it has its basis in math, yet requires creative thought and has real world usage. Coding is the basis of the skills of the innovator of the modern day. Coding will only continue to change our world substantially, and it is up to each one of us to decide whether or not to learn the new language of the inventor, or get left in the dust.