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Shouldn't K-12 schools help build students coding skills?

Annemarie Harris

According to this article, coding jobs are one of the fastest growing and well paid jobs. If that's the case, shouldn't our K-12 schools incorporate learning how to code into their curriculum? Estonia (a tiny Eastern European country) has efforts underway to teach every 6 year old in school. The US already has the tools to do the same -- check out Scratch at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten (they are now developing a Scratch program for preschoolers!).

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  • Vikinginc

    Well part of education is preparing us for life. That said I think we here in the US are missing 2/3rds of the education process. We have lost social processes, like courtesy and effective communication. Also things like phonics are lost. The other thing that is missing in schools is structure. Effective discipline and understanding hierarchy is important. So we need to build education on the same premise we do a building: Sound Foundation, strong square walls, good roof and finally comforts inside. Education is 75% you, a dedicated teacher and involved parents. You cannot pull many things from a cake recipe before it is not a cake.