In response to a question about adding programming requirement in public schools, Obama cites Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's drive to learn programming from a passion in videogames.
"There are a whole bunch of young people out there who I suspect if in high school are given the opportunity to figure [that] out -- 'Here's how you can design your own games, but it requires you to know math and requires you to know science,'" Obama said, "or you know, 'Here's what a career in graphic design looks like, and we're going to start setting those programs in our high schools not waiting til community college' -- Not only does it prepare young people who are not going to a four-year college to be job-ready, but it also engages kids because they feel like, 'I get this.'"
The comment is a refreshing one for the President to make, after negative effects of videogames became a hot topic since the Sandy Hook school shooting in December. There are many positive impacts that games can have -- an area of study that many hardware and software makers have divisions dedicated to exploring -- the above comment from Obama makes it clear that he is considering both sides of the issue.
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