Ask Reading Kingdom: Should computer coding be taught to all kids just as reading and writing are now?

Answer:  This is a fabulous question and one that should be receiving far more attention than it currently does. Studies have indicated that 90 percent of American schools currently do not offer coding while, by 2020, there will be about a million more computer jobs than computer science students.  Specific career goals in computer science are not the sole reason for gaining skill in this area. It impacts every career in the 21st century.

As stated in the 2010 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and titled Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education for STEM and America’s Future,

The success of the United States in the 21st century—its wealth and welfare—will depend on the ideas and skills of its population. These have always been the nation’s most important assets As the world becomes increasingly technological, the value of these national assets will be determined in no small measure by the effectiveness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. STEM education will determine whether the United States will remain a leader among nations…“

So the answer is yes, I think it should.

Fortunately, lots of information is readily available now via CODE.org. It represents a new non-profit created to promote the teaching of computer coding into America’s schools and it offers an impressive list of resources.

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