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Should We All Be Learning to Code?

I hate to code. I've taken the classes, but my brain doesn't like it.

I'm a web designer, not a web programmer. I see the big picture – patterns and resemblances, as opposed to sequences and logic. My brain is turned on by images, stories, and gestures. Pop psychology would say I'm a right-brainer. da VinciWhether the right brain-left brain theory really reflects how our brains are working or not, studies estimate that the general population is about evenly divided between the two "types". I work with a programmer at NOVA Web Group who is amazing at coding. Her brain loves it.

Leonardo da Vinci is characterized as a right-brainer, but his vast abilities can't be contained so narrowly. You can bet he would've learned code – and invented some, too. It's not easy to become a good programmer; and it's even harder to be an innovative programmer. There's a movement afoot that everyone should learn how to code. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is famously learning to code on Code Academy. It's now taught in middle school or earlier. But is it really necessary for everyone to know how to code?

Some say not and I agree. There are some learning gaps that need to be closed before coding lessons become a priority for the general population. For instance, I'd rather we all learn how to write, and write well. Unless you're in the field of IT, or web/app design and development, you don't need to know exactly how our computers and iPhones do what they do; you just need to know how to use them.