How does programming benefit my child in other subjects? Will it be helpful in any other way? What if he does not wish to be a programmer? Will he be able to make sense out of it at such tender age?
It is a human tendency to be concerned more about the results than the process. We always want to get more from everything we invest our time and money into. We want our children to shine, we want them to excel, to be the best. If there is one area where all their skills get polished, it is programming.
Programming opens door to a treasure house for children. A treasure house they are eager to explore, a treasure house they can’t wait to step foot in. Children are curious learners. They are activated by curiosity. The moment they spot something new, something unusual, be it a toy, a room or technology they go on a mission to find out the reason behind its existence. If they are unable to cross a hurdle, they make sure they keep trying even if it involves them getting bruised in the process. Children, if provided with correct guidance and proper tools, are unstoppable.
As parents, as educators it is our responsibility to ensure this talent, this keenness towards discovering things, this enthusiasm, “the never say die” attitude is nurtured well. It is our responsibility to ensure that this raw talent, skill and passion is honed appropriately.
Programming not only helps the children discover a new world; it also allows them to create a world of their own. A world where they decide what goes where, a world where they choose what fits and what doesn’t. A world where they are shown the direction but never told that if they don’t follow the same, they could get themselves into trouble. Children are introduced to a world where they no longer have to “learn” anything but “do”
Programming helps children be Independent Thinkers.
In the world of programming there is no right and no wrong but definitely better and simpler methods to solve the problems. It allows them identify the problem, evaluate and assess the root cause of the problem and then helps them to find a solution. Or solutions, children don’t fail to surprise too! Children, owing to their adaptability understand and accept in no time that there is no one perfect way to do things. It is always a quest where you keep trying and keep getting better.
There are no boundaries to learning and no age limits linked with being able to analyse and innovate. Programming stems the desire to innovate. As they say necessity is the mother of invention, it is children who need better methods to come at par with the world. It is high time we allow them to be consumed but at the same time aware of their actions, their interests but most importantly their abilities. They need to be constantly challenged and constantly evolved.
Programming is not just the ability to code, but also the art of knowing how to solve problems. Anyone and everyone can code. Anyone and everyone can build an application. Given the extensive learning resources available it is very easy. But to be able to detect a problem, find loopholes, make enhancements and then arrive at a solution is Programming. And problems are everywhere.
We need changemakers, we need problem solvers. We need thinkers. Our children are capable of all of it.
We ourselves cannot imagine even one day without booking a cab on Ola or Uber, liking and commenting on posts on Facebook, sharing old retro songs as statuses on Whatsapp, all these activities are made possible because programmers decided to make our lives easy. Children are filled with ideas brimming with creativity. It is high time we provide them with a platform where they showcase their ideas and decode their future. It is high time we believe in these Geniuses who do nothing but amaze everyone around!