Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

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When kicking off Computer Science Education week last month, President Barack Obama called on young people to not just be good at using technology—but to take interest in creating it, too.

"Don't just buy a new video game, make one," the president said. "Don't just download the latest app, help design it. Don't just play on your phone, program it. No one's born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and a little math and science, just about anyone can become one." 

It’s highly practical advice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. 

That realization propelled Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City, to sign up for a day-long coding course. She explains what she learned, and why coding literacy is the way of the future. 

Manoush's coding instructor, Ali Blackwell, is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why coding is so important.