BC to Educate on Computer Coding

For an article on BC Premier Christy Clark’s move to gradually make computer coding a mandatory part of the province’s educational curriculum, The Globe and Mail recently quoted Tobi Lutke—CEO of the Ottawa-based Shopify Inc.—as saying “Essentially every company in the world is either turning into a software company or is in the process of dying because of a software company”.

All of this shows that big shifts are happening in business, that our modern-day reality is being made to change as a result, and that our society and its institutions are moving to catch up, all as a result of the growth of digital tech.

BC is the second province after Nova Scotia to include computer coding into its education system, a plan much pushed for by Canadian tech-advocates across the country and echoing similar policies adopted by the UK and Australia.

This reflects a general cultural demand among legislators, educators, and businesses to reduce Canada’s overwhelming emphasis on natural resources in favor of placing more focus on the largely championed but underemployed tech-sector.

While Clark also created a $100-million venture fund to finance tech startups as a part of this strategy, and BC currently employs more people in tech—86,000—than its combined resource industries, Canada in general is set to be short 180,000 workers in the field by 2019 unless more steps like these are taken.

These steps may very well be taken, but the point here is that economic and even social relevance in the near future are going to be measured by digital technology. As barrels of oil are now more expensive than the oil inside them—even if only temporarily—Canada’s businesses are all going to have to compete in a world where presently in-depth knowledge of the internet, social media, mobile devices, and how they work will be basic skills any member of the workforce will need for even entry-level jobs.

Bringing our future generations up to speed and providing a level playing-field is something any modern economy has to do, and getting there first would put Canada comfortably ahead of the competition and set a high demand for Canadian workers.

Literacy in coding languages will be seen similarly to literacy in any other languages, and if businesses not already in on the game (mainly small and medium-sized local businesses) don’t catch up soon, they will likely die out.

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