“While being a former socialist country, Estonia is usually clustered together with wealthiest countries in Europe and the world.”
– Meelis Kitsing
A few days ago, while browsing a programming forum, I saw the following video:
Until watching this, I had known nothing about Estonia. I’d always imagined the tiny country as being rural and somewhat folksy, like a medieval village with lots of accordion music. The video perked my interest, and I decided to further research Estonia’s technological innovations.
What I discovered was truly amazing.
The entire Estonian public school system is teaching children how to program. According to Forbes:
“[Estonia] has launched a nationwide scheme to teach school kids from the age of seven to 19, how to write code…
… For the youngest students, the new courses won’t be strictly focused on learning programming languages like Java, Perl and C++. Rather they’ll ease kids into the necessary skills for coding like logic, which has the benefit of some overlap with subjects like math and potentially, robotics.”
At my old high school all the students are given iPads and laptops, yet there are no programming courses. My school isn’t alone, a survey from the College Board revealed that computer programming classes are only offered in 10% of American public schools.
Aside from the fact that every Estonian programmer will automatically have 12 years experience over their American counterparts, Estonia’s focus on computer science has another benefit: anyone who wants to create will be able to.
Keep your eyes on Estonia. I have a feeling that, within the next decade, we’ll see some major innovations come out of there.