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In a Google+ Fireside Hangout on February 18, President Obama stated that video games could be a good way to attract children to computer programming.
President Obama said that introducing computer programming in elementary schools makes sense because children nowadays are knowledgeable about the internet and video games, and this would drive passion in the programming department. According to the President, an education and background in programming could benefit children in later years, making them “job ready.”
“I think given how pervasive computers and the internet is now, and how fascinated kids are with it,” says President Obama, “I want to make sure that they know how to actually produce stuff using computers, and not simply consume stuff."
[Sources: Gamasutra, Polygon]
Yes, this is a very good idea, that also motivates them to learn math, since it is very useful in programming.
*jealous* I never had cool classes like that :(
Le of the only things I enjoyed hearing from him
Well i'm attending college for computer science in the hopes that I will get a programming job in the gaming industry... too bad my high school didn't start offering programming classes until the year after I graduated. It sure would have helped a lot.
Its only the next logical movement. Kids who can program can accomplish so much more. This shouldve started a while ago.
Makes perfect sense to me. I majored in IT with an emphasis on software development due to my love for video games. I just graduated last year with a bachelor degree and got certified in java. Haven't regretted yet and don't think I ever will.
Course it can attract computer programming I was aiming to work on animation myself and I look up video games for inspiration :)
Not a bad idea. I would like programming a lot more if I grew up with it or had it in high school. Getting into stuff like PHP with just basic HTML knowledge really sucks. I'm definitely not a fan of programming, I'll just stick with networking.
Wow. I actually agree with this.