Growing up in the shadow of the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower in Milwaukee, my parents ensured that I was bilingual. This was something I always knew I wanted to pass along to my children (Olivia is two and Xavier is six months).
They say that children can easily learn more than one language and everyday Olivia proves that to be true.
While English is her dominant language she also speaks Spanish and is very good with sign language. I feel like sometimes I’m her biggest obstacle because I need to make a conscious decision to switch between languages or often say things twice.
As I see her flourish we’ve decided her next language will be coding. Yes, coding. It’s a global language. And here’s why: Just like my parents I dream of a better future for my children.
While we don’t know what the jobs of the future will be, we do know some of the skills necessary - and all signs point to coding being a basic language.
Girls are especially more likely to major in computer science if they try it
Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop happens between the ages of 13-17.
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%, according to Girls Who Code.