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## Should we start teaching children in Primary and/or Secondary School "Coding"?

Coding is computer lingo, which I've heard a million times, but I've never really found an interest in learning anymore, until I saw this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA.

I believe that learning coding seems like a fascinating task now. I feel that coding would be pretty amazing skill to spread to the future innovators of tomorrow. I have not yet given myself the opportunity to learn coding, but after watching this I will check it out in the near future.

Do you think that the current curricula for education would fit a whole new division of computer science related courses, like coding (I think it's the big one?).

What are your views of more technologically based educational environments in the near future?

Does anyone else imagine a world of cyborgs....ha, but seriously, what are the limitations to having this skill?

If you have any other questions that might get answers or you have an answer for, then ask away and let's challenge the boundaries my fellow Tedsters! =)

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## Rohit Chatterjee

But I wouldn't want to remove the one subject which emphasizes precision, care, discipline and logic.

So.. maybe programming should replace math! Math could become an "optional" subject after teaching basic arithmetic.

Now there are different types of programming, which would develop different abilities in our kids and teens. I am only weighing in on the "algorithm-oriented" type of programming, other people will have opinions about scripting and other flavors.

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## Rohit Chatterjee

People gravitate towards what interests them. The people who would end up gravitating toward the quadratic formula would then learn about the geometry of conics and roots of polynomials. To them it would not be "an ugly formula" which they were forced to memorize with no desire to understand it.

## Ruben Vereecken

Most parts of programming exist of basic mathematical concepts, and thus are rendered meaningless to those with no notion or feeling with these concepts. I'm talking about quite simple things, nothing extravagant. I think math gets people a feeling for these things. Take, for example, a loop. Loops are quite common in programming as things often have to be repeated. This came from summations and other loop constructs in maths.

Here's a fun fact: Alan Turing (often called 'father of Computer Science') designed his 'Turing machines' (basis for computers) for mathematicians. They were constructs on paper that, by following a number of steps, would give some result with some input. This enabled mathematicians to automate some laborous work by simply following these simple steps. Math is just too big a part of computer science.

## Rohit Chatterjee