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How Kids are Learning Code in the Classroom

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Reading, writing, and arithmetic…and code? 

“Learn to code” has been a directive given to students and young professionals throughout the country (and the world) for the last several years. It makes sense—so many careers today involve at least some basic knowledge of a programming language. On top of that, some programming-dependent fields, like big data, are experiencing a major talent shortage, and people who can code have an easier time finding a high-paying job. This shortage may be partially due to the fact that coding is not taught as a required skill in the classroom. Much like proficient literacy, which opens doors for students in the workforce (60% of people with proficient literacy work in the management, business, financial, or professional sectors), coding can help students make the transition into the workforce, no matter what field they choose. Additionally, learning to code has other benefits, allowing students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as the all-important “grit” that gives students the persistence to succeed. Many educators are recognizing these benefits, and are working to incorporate coding curriculum into the classroom, to give their students a head start on their future. 

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