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For 45 minutes every single day, Scott taught Ken math for 2 years. Ken learned addition, subtraction and multiplication all the way to calculus by the time he was 6 years old (see video). Then an odd situation occurred. Ken was very eager to progress further, but wouldn’t sit down and do the work necessary. When Ken’s parents told him to take a break from math for a while, Ken adamantly refused. So a compromise was made. Scott suggested to Ken to simply pause math while he taught Ken something new, computer science. The promise was that Ken would apply the math he learned to cool projects involving 3d graphics, games, virtual reality, apps and even online businesses. Ken would presumably fall in love with math again and then they could unpause his math learning. Ken accepted the deal.
Yes, the author frequently mentions his love of beer in the best book Scott found for kids. It was on that last line that a light bulb went on in Scott’s head. Ken got to it and said aloud, “i_am_purple is false, so the whole thing will be false.” His father replied, “but you didn’t even look at the right side of the ‘and’.” Ken responded, “I don’t have to, the computer is smart enough to not look there if the left side is false because then it doesn’t matter what the right side is. The whole thing will always be false.” Scott later recounted, “I realized at that moment the tremendous value of every kid learning how to code. It’s not only the best nourishment you can feed your mind, but the skills you gain cause you to be more clever, think better, solve real-world problems better and truly understand the capabilities and underpinnings of software.