Why aren’t we doing it already?
What is programming?
Many people misunderstand computer programming as
a matrix of binary digits and incomprehensible
algorithms. This is simply not true.
When you program you are simply giving the computer
commands. You use a programming language to write
code in a human-readable way. Then you use a compiler
to turn that code into a readable format for the computer.
Why is knowing how to program important? It’s a
question I will try to answer.
Why is programming
It’s a simple question. There’s a simple answer.
● We are entering an era of history where everything we do is assisted by (or
simply done by) technology.
● The workplace will be filled with technology. It would be logical if we taught
children how to use it and program it.
● Knowing how to program is important to every student if they want a
greater chance of succeeding in the future.
● Students are falling behind in technological knowledge, and potential
careers are blocked by lack of computer education at a young age. You will
never know if you like something if you never get to try it.
Are programming classes
new to the world?
Many countries in Europe have already adopted programming-related
classes. These classes require students to know the basics of programming and
The governments in Europe understand how valuable technology is, and
how it will transform our future. We just need to start “getting the ball
rolling” everywhere else.
Who? What? Where?
If we really want to get programming classes in schools we
need to know who to contact. Then we need to figure out the
plan from there. There are three main questions that need to
• Who do we contact?
• Where do we contact them?
• What information do we give them?
There are multiple paths to answer those questions.
Here’s what we know and what we can do.
Path 1 Path 2
We could try to start small.
We could possibly contact the
assistant superintendent of a school
district to see what information we
could receive from him/her.
Another possible contact might be
the principal of a school. We could
explain our cause and see if he/she
could do anything for us.
We could start generating worldwide
publicity and create a large
After that occurs we can send in a
request to the school district for
programming classes in local middle
The next action would be
determined by their response.
And then what?
What would we do once we get the attention of the school board? There are
some possible solutions that may be viable as to how programming-related
education can be added. They are listed below. (From best at the top to least
desirable at the bottom)
● Creating an entire new programming class with teachers who have worked
with programming languages for at least a year. This class would have a
limited student amount because a test to determine computer literacy
would have to be taken to gain entry.
● A robotics curriculum that would teach children the basics of programming.
● An improvement to current computer literacy classes to include
● An afterschool programming club, where students could volunteer to join
and learn how to program.
● Look at local community colleges and technical institutes for input.
As you can see, the lack in computer education is a personal concern I have.
I attempted to list possible solutions to that problem and who we could contact
I hope you too now have the same concerns I have. But I need your help to
make a difference.
Find information about the actions you can take to help me in the next slide.
We Need Your Help!
It would be a tremendous help if you kept track of the “#bettpassion” class
on kidblog.org/bettpassion so you can check for future updates and/or new
places where we will release information.
If you are a passionate programmer or an official from the school system
and have a suggestion as to how we could contact you or another school
official please send an email to:
Thank you for the time you took to read this. It has been very
The Future Is Now!