Learning to code does not foster creativity

Coding, though a useful skill in today’s economy, should not define modern education. The implementation of more practical and creative classes in schools across America will benefit our society more than computer science-centered curriculums would. The importance of creativity in the classroom was ridiculed in the past, but has recently gained more support. The founder of Decision Labs, David Hughes, believes that creativity and the ability to innovate have a crucial role in the global economy,  claiming that “much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our traditional educational systems.” Students should not only accept change, but also use the challenges stemming from change as fuel for discovery. Spotlighting innovation and creativity in the classroom will make kids more comfortable with the intimidating aspects of change.

The crucial role of applications in business underscores how the American industry must evolve to the expanding technological advances in today’s society. Teaching every student to code at a basic level will not necessarily improve students’ ability to productively solve problems and recognize issues. Coding is a means to an end, not an answer to corrigible predicaments. The potential for success lies in the constant momentum and change in our generation, not in the skills that can be taught in a step by step manner. Learning how to program, although useful for many jobs in technology, will not mend large scale problems.

Millennials indisputably lack job security in today’s economy. What can set young people apart, though, lies in their unique optimism and desire to change the status quo, a status quo that may appear irreparable to many older individuals. In a recent Gallup Youth Survey, about seven in ten teens said they are more optimistic than pessimistic about the world their children will live in, compared to 80 percent of baby boomers in a survey conducted by Pew Research System, who claim to be dissatisfied with the way things are going in America today. These statistics underscore the noteworthy idealism that young people embody and highlight how millennials have the potential to reform society and create positive and permanent change. The permanence of this change will only withstand the test of time if education transforms and becomes focused on more practical lessons, like the ability to assess problems, communicate and work with others, and think abstractly in order to find simple solutions to complex issues. Thus, there should be more of a focus on higher level thought and creativity instead of a focus on coding. The world can’t wait.

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