Apple's Tim Cook: 'Education is Lifelong’

Apple's Tim Cook: 'Education is Lifelong’

Tim_cookApple CEO Tim Cook Apple is working with Northwestern University and Chicago Public Schools to help teachers learn how to code and integrate coding into the classroom, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during ‘Revolution,’ a television series from MSNBC and Recode.

"We all have to get comfortable with education being lifelong,” Cook said, echoing a core tenet of the School of Education and Social Policy. "It's not our expectation that everyone becomes a software programmer, but it's important that people learn the basics of coding. And we found that most teachers want a level of coding in their classes.”

The interview with Cook, which took place in a crowded gymnasium at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, will air on  MSNBC at 7 p.m. CT, Friday, April 6.  Nearly a dozen members of the SESP community attended the taping, during which Cook discussed everything from using technology to help power learning for the next generation of students and workers to making coding as essential as reading and writing.

Earlier in the day, Northwestern announced that SESP's office of Community Education Partnerships (OCEP) has teamed up with Apple and CPS to establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech to introduce high school teachers throughout the district to Apple’s Everyone Can Code and App Development with Swift curriculum. The effort aims to get more people interested in coding and address the shortage of high school computer science teachers.

"We want to help every CPS student graduate with the technical knowledge and skills they need to use coding to positively impact their own lives and those around them,” said Nichole Pinkard, associate professor of learning sciences and faculty director of OCEP.

In addition to Pinkard, SESP faculty members and staffers at the taping of the town hall-style event included Coleen Coleman, associate dean of SESP; Amy Pratt, assistant dean for community education partnerships; Henry Mann, program director of FUSE; Paula Hooper, assistant professor of instruction in the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program and Learning Sciences; and Danna Dotson, teacher education coordinator for the MSEd program. 

“Coding is a way to express yourself. It's a language," Cook said. “We have to reach out to women and unrepresented minorities (whose numbers) have been too low in coding,” he said.

Though Cook believes that technology plays a critical role in education, he noted that it will never replace teachers. "Teachers are the jewels,” he said. “Our products are tools: they help people, they don’t replace them.”

Photo by MSNBC//Jeff Schear 

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 4/6/18