Computer science is one of the main reasons why technology has developed this much and has become a part of our life in every aspect. The same way coding is omnipresent these days. Though it's widespread there are still many misconceptions and myths about it let's see about them in this article.
4 myths about coding for kids
1. CODING TAKES MORE TIME
Learning convoluted coding and jumping into the making of an experienced programmer takes time but if we start it early it's never too late. For few people it might take just 15 to 20min to make a program, meanwhile some may take days to just get it right and it is perfectly alright because every person has their own grasping potential and no one can ever force them to learn things fast. So it's all about a person's capacity and ability to learn things and the statement that " CODING TAKES MORE TIME " is false.
Let us not forget that systems are productive. Computer scientists across the world spend more time planning , debugging, and optimizing than writing it. For a software to keep up with upcoming technologies, all scripts has to be updated to go with people's needs. Adding new features and updates needs some time too.
For example:- Every time when we reboot our computer to install updates or new features, software developers enhance the former version to affix certain bugs found and add more features in order to strengthen the user experience. Paying more attention to the new features can make us understand what the system tries to do.
2. CODING CAN HAPPEN ONLY ON COMPUTER
This is also a very false statement. Coding doesn't only take place in computer it can be done in many other mediums too. And that too in today's world with mobile phones, tablets etc it's very easy to learn coding. There are several coding which we can do without computers. For example:- printable scratch blocks. This can be used to practice coding anywhere. In this developing world we have more improvised version for learning coding like games, apps and toys.
Children can also practice it by writing. This might not be advantageous, but still in job interviews they would ask the applicant to write down the coding to see their actual ability to to think and act and also for showing common coding through proper procedures. Thus, its not necessary to have a computer to learn coding as it can be done through many other devices too.
3. CODING IS EQUAL TO MATH
Children should be really good at math is a misconception that has been around for several years now.
The actual concept is that coding involves logical thinking and logic isn't math. Rather math is a language of science expressed through logic. But mostly people think it the other way around.
Most of the programmer these days knows that coding is also a language very new and fun to learn just like solving math problems. Learning to code can help do better in math and vice versa. But that doesn't mean we let this misconception of " CODING IS MATH " persist so strongly.
4. CODING IS ONLY FOR NERDS
“Computer Science Empowers Students to Create the World of Tomorrow.”
—Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO
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