Apple CEO Tim Cook says coding should be taught as early as elementary school: 'It's the most important language you can learn'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about the Metaverse and more in an interview with Dutch news agency Bright on Friday.
Cook told the outlet that programming is the "most important language you can learn."
He said everyone should learn to code and the lessons should be taught as early as elementary school.
Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on Friday about the importance of teaching coding skills in schools in an interview with Bright, a Dutch media company.
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"I think everyone should learn coding before they graduate from high school, and I actually think it should be taught in elementary school," Cook told the newspaper, adding that he considers programming "the only universal language." .
"It's the most important language to learn," he continued. "Of course, your native language is more important for communication, but a programming language is a way to use your creativity."
Cook has advocated for years the inclusion of coding in the early childhood curriculum, arguing in 2019 that it's a "core skill," just like math and history, CNBC reported in 2019.
This summer, the CEO, along with over 500 business leaders, called on the US government to update the K-12 curriculum in every state to include computer science courses.
“The United States is at the forefront of technology, but only 5% of our high school students study computer science. how is this acceptable We invented the personal computer, the internet and the smartphone. It is our responsibility to prepare the next generation for the new American dream," the letter said.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the US is on track to deal with a shortage of 1.2 million software developers by 2026. In 2021, the median annual salary for software developers in the United States was $109,020, according to the BLS.
Despite the labor shortage, some students applying for programming roles from unconventional educational and career backgrounds say they're still struggling to get jobs.
Sophia Cheong, who quit her restaurant job during the pandemic to enroll in coding boot camp, told Insiders last year that she was rejected 357 times before landing an entry-level position in the tech industry.
"I know there are bottlenecks almost everywhere," Cheong said at the time. “But I also feel like there are so many people looking for jobs at the same time. I just don't know why it hasn't evened out yet."
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