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Steve Jobs co-Founder and former CEO of Apple

Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think
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Bill Gates Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.


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Mark Zuckerberg CEO at Facebook


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Eric Cantor Vice Chair and Managing Director, Moelis; former US House Majority Leader

Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math
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Drew Houston Founder/CEO of Dropbox

Even if kids want to become a race-car driver, or play baseball, or, you know, build a house -- all of these things have been turned upside down by software
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The Royal Society Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists

Every child should have the opportunity to learn Computing at school, including exposure to Computer Science as a rigorous academic discipline.
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Dan Crow Journalist

In the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today. Will every job in the future involve programming? No. But it is still crucial that every child learns to code.
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Gaby Hinsliff Guardian columnist & writer, political editor at The Pool, author of Half a Wife, sometimes on

Perhaps that is the single most honest argument for teaching everyone to code: to give everyone an equal shot
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Will Oremus Senior writer for @Slate covering media, technology, and truth in the Trump era.

All kids should learn at least the basics of programming, the same way they learn the basics of chemistry or algebra or literary criticism, even if they have no intention of practicing them vocationally
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Cheryl Critchley Journalist

Developing the codes that tell computers what to do is now a vital mainstream skill
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Barack Obama Former President of United States of America


Disagree:

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Jeff Atwood Co-founder of http://stackoverflow.com and http://discourse.org

Can you explain to me how Michael Bloomberg would be better at his day to day job of leading the largest city in the USA if he woke up one morning as a crack Java coder?
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Kevin Maney Author and columnist

In 2030, when today’s 10-year-olds are in the job market, they’ll need to be creative, problem-solving design thinkers who can teach a machine how to do things. Most of them will find that coding skills are about as valuable as cursive handwriting.
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Tam Pham 📚 Author of two books on Networking and Landing Internships. Community and Bot Coach at @Mixergy

I have nothing against coding. I simply believe everyone should not code for the sake of learning how to code. Many successful entrepreneurs built billion dollar businesses without writing any code.
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Stephen Nichols CEO of GameSalad

Who needs to code when you can use visual building blocks or even plain English to describe intent? Advances in natural-language processing and conceptual modeling will remove the need for traditional coding from app development.
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Basel Farag Journalist

Focusing on coding inflates the importance of finding the “right” method to solve a problem rather than the importance of understanding the problem.
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Gottfried Sehringer Chief Marketing Officer, XebiaLabs

Create an environment where they don’t even have to think about writing code — where building great apps is as easy as using iTunes. Just drag and drop
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Kim Z Dale Journalist

Learning to code will never be as essential to success as learning to read and write. Learning to code is not the new literacy. Learning to code is more like the new musical composition.
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Linus Torvalds Finnish-american software engineer and hacker


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