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Silicon Valley spurs coding push in schools

By NATASHA SINGER THE NEW YORK TIMES

This article was published July 3, 2017 at 2:05 a.m.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks with President Donald Trump at an American Technology Council session in the State Dinning Room of the White House in June.

At a White House gathering of tech titans last month, Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Donald Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs. To help solve a "huge deficit in the skills that we need today," Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.

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RBear says... July 3, 2017 at 6:56 a.m.

Arkansas is leading the charge with helping teach coding skills as early as possible through Gov. Hutchinson's initiative. Not every student would have what it takes to be a technologist, but for those who do have the mindset there should be as few of barriers as possible to help them reach their potential.
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Follow that with good programs in Arkansas colleges and universities and you have the makings of economic opportunity. But we also need to allow for more diversity in our state to help attract others who are needed to grow the tech jobs in the state. Otherwise, these coders will be headed out of the state after we teach them.

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