Now this is very much different from what we have heard from Washington and I honestly couldn’t agree more with the President.

“You look at someone like Mark Zuckerberg [co-founder of Facebook],” said the president, “and he taught himself programming, primarily because he was interested in games.”

“And there are a whole bunch of young people out there I suspect who, if in high school are given the opportunity to figure out ‘here’s how you can design your own games’, but it requires you to know math, and it requires you to know science, or ‘here’s what a career in graphic design looks like’ – we’re going to start setting those programmes in our high schools, not waiting to go to community college,”

“What it does is not only to prepare young people who may choose to not go to a four-year college to be job-ready,” he said, “but it also engages kids – they feel like ‘I get this, this is not just me sitting there slouching in the back of the room while somebody’s lecturing.'”