If your kids are like many, they have participated, at least briefly, in activities at school that expose them to coding. Hour of Code events are being held in schools all over the world. But, is it enough? According to a Gallup research study, Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in K-12 Education, ninety percent of parents want their kids to learn computer science, but only 25 percent of schools have programs to teach it. What is so important about learning to code at a young age?
According to Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, “The real value of learning to code isn’t in the mastery of the tools; it’s in the internalization of the methods, the analysis, and the critical thought processes…” So, regardless of whether your kids learn a program in childhood that they’ll continue to use into a career (unlikely considering the ever changing landscape of technology), it’s more about the problem solving skills they acquire and how they’re able to apply them.