Non-profit 'CodeOrg' has released a video in which a huge amount of celebrities have voiced their support for growing education of computer programming in schools. The likely stars such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates make an appearance, alongside those you wouldn't necessarily assume has coding skills, like NBA All-star Chris Bosh. The basic premise is placing emphasis on coding being a simple set of skills to pick up, leading to huge career opportunities.
“Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.”
In today’s school curriculum, the coding involved behind computers and their programs is being fizzled out and taught at a very basic and low level. Most of today’s giants in the technology industry only really learnt how to develop a computer program when they started University.
Founded by Hadi Partovi – an entrepreneur who advised the start-ups of Facebook and Dropbox in their early stages; he managed to get the likes of Bill Gates (the founder of Microsoft), Jack Dorsey (who created Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) and even the pop star giant will.i.am to create the foundations online video sensation. Even Chris Bosh the MBA All-Star coded in his college years and has taken part in this video.
Supported by the general public, the initial donors to the foundation were of course the founders, but an overwhelming amount of interest since the videos launch 2 days ago has seen so many people who agree with the Partovi brother’s vision. Promoted extensively by the social media outlets of Twitter and Facebook with added input from Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all helped to ensure this video reaches each end of the Earth.
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